PINK HEATHER Heath Erica spiculifolia
Erica English common names include "heath" and "heather". Erica spiculifolia is a small 15 cm tall shrub, evergreen, with minute, needle-like leaves 2–15 mm (0.079–0.591 in) long.
Erica species prefer acidic or very acidic soils, and so thrive near evergreen (coniferous) trees where pine and spruce needles can fall to the ground to create the acidic environment that they need.
Erica species are grown as landscape or garden plants for their floral effect. They associate well with conifers and are frequently seen in planting schemes as massed ground-cover beneath varieties of dwarf conifers. They are capable of producing flower color throughout the year. They can also be grown in tubs or window boxes to provide interest through autumn and into winter.
Type: Hardy evergreen shrub
Height: 15cm, 6"
Bloom time: Throughout the season
Hardiness zones: Hardy in zones as cold as zone 5, and often hardy as low as zone 4 when planted in a protected location.
Seed size: Very tiny
Germination: Obtain a sterile seed-start mix with nutrients, such as Miracle Grow seeds starter mix. Lightly pre-moisten the mix with non-treated (non-municipal) water such as rain water or bottled water. Flatten the surface. Lightly mist the surface with water to help tamp down the surface of the soil, though be careful not to make it too saturated/wet. Sprinkle the seeds on the surface of the soil, and cover the container with clear plastic, or place the container in a plastic bag. Place the container at 73-77F, 23-25C in very bright light, but not in direct sunlight. Light is required for germination. If you are using florescent lights, place the container about 10" from the lights. Seedlings will appear gradually over 21-40 days, some will continue to germinate slightly longer.