Eugenia is a glossy leaved shrub or tree, which is often used as a hedge or privacy barrier. The Australian brush cherry is a lovely screening plant. It makes an excellent potted plant or you can prune it severely and use it as a low border in formal garden settings. Eugenia requires well-drained soil. Choose a large pot with plenty of holes in the bottom. Use a good potting soil with generous handfuls of sand added to increase porosity. Young plants may require staking at first, and you can prune them to just one leader if you want the plant to be a standard tree.Brush cherry is an evergreen and performs best in sun but can tolerate partial shade
This plant will appreciate a position that gets lots of bright indirect light, and even a little dappled sun occasionally wouldn’t hurt. Avoid extended exposure to hot direct sun though or the leaves may burn.
It’s important to keep up a regular watering routine. In summer you want to keep the soil moist but not soggy. To monitor this, you can use your finger to poke into the top 5 cm of potting mix and feel the soil moisture level before watering. If it feels particularly wet, let it dry out for longer. Overwatering can lead to fungal issues or root rot. Try watering a once a week, but always testing the soil first to see if watering is necessary. During winter, when the plant isn’t in an active growing phase you should reduce watering frequency and use tepid/room temperature water.
As with all plants, drainage is essential. Ensure that whatever vessel your plant is in, there are sufficient holes in the bottom to allow excess water to freely drain from the pot and away from the plant’s roots.
This plant will appreciate a moderate level of humidity to prevent her leaves from browning at the edges. Some tips for increasing humidity include grouping plants together, placing pots on a pebble tray, or if you want to go all out – buy a small humidifier online and place it in amongst your plant friends!
Feed with liquid or solid fertilizer fortnightly over the warm, growing period and not at all over the cooler winter months.
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