The species name, procumbens, proclaims this as a ground cover because it means “lying flat.” Optimal wintergreen growing conditions are found in United States Department of Agriculture zones 3 to 8 or AHS heat zones 8 to 1. Wintergreen plants perform best in light to full shade in areas with cool summers.
Wintergreen Houseplants If you've ever seen wintergreen growing outdoors, you know that it is a gorgeous plant all year long. Like a holly tree, the wintergreen's glossy leaves do not wilt and die in autumn. Wintergreen plants are evergreen. These shiny leaves contrast winningly with Read more
Evergreen groundcovers keep the life in the landscape even in winter. Gaultheria, or wintergreen, is a sweet little plant with mint scented leaves and edible berries. It is perfect for cooler regions and is native to North America.
It can tolerate only 1-2 hours of direct sun early or late in the day. TEMPERATURE: Wintergreen prefers cool temperatures of about 60-70°F. WATERING: Keep the soil fairly moist, watering when the top 1/2 inch of potting mix is dry to the touch.
Some people use small doses of wintergreen oil to increase stomach juices and improve digestion. Wintergreen leaf is sometimes applied directly to the skin as a wash for achy joints (rheumatism), sore muscles, and lower back pain. Wintergreen oil is applied to the skin as Read more
Taking wintergreen oil can cause ringing in the ears, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, stomach pain, and confusion. As little as 6 mL (a little over a teaspoon) of the oil taken by mouth can be fatal.
Waxy, nodding, bell-shaped, white flowers (3/8” long) bloom from the leaf axils in early summer (June-July). Flowers give way to edible bright red berries (3/8” diameter) that persist through winter. Leaves acquire shades of purple in fall. Leaves and fruit have the aroma and taste Read more
Root Rot. When root rot becomes serious, it'll manifest as yellowing leaves that curl inward and turn up, and the plant will grow poorly. Really serious root rot may move into the crown, discoloring the wood near the plant's base.
Plants grow slowly and should be spaced 4 to 6 inches (10-15 cm.) apart. When plants are newly installed, wintergreen plant care should include regular watering and even established, mature plants require supplemental moisture in hot, dry summers. No pruning or mowing is required with Read more
This shrub is perfectly suited to being grown in pots for your terraces and balconies. It is also fine for heath soil shrub beds or as a stand-alone. To grow American wintergreen in pots, mix ⅓ soil mix with ⅔ heath soil, and check that Read more
Many liquid potpourri products and essential oils, including oil of cinnamon, citrus, pennyroyal, peppermint, pine, sweet birch, tea tree (melaleuca), wintergreen, and ylang ylang, are poisonous to dogs. Both ingestion and skin exposure can be toxic.
How do I care for my Wintergreen lawn? During autumn and spring, watering your wintergreen lawn twice a week is good enough, while in winter, you can do it once a fortnight. If you want your turf to grow healthy, we suggest watering it early Read more
Though it prefers soil with a fair amount of organic matter (think woodsy humus), it also will grow in somewhat sandy or rocky soil as long as it's acidic and moist. If your garden site is hot, dry and alkaline (high soil pH), don't try Read more
Site and Soil: This Shrub likes filtered shade and moist, well-drained, acidic soil. Pollination Requirements: Wintergreen is self-fertile.
Wintergreen plants perform best in light to full shade in areas with cool summers. The plants do not enjoy hot, humid conditions, suffer in drought and dislike overly wet, boggy soils.
It is native to the eastern U.S. and reputedly can survive winter temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit, far lower than we ever get in Westborough. The fact that the berries last into the winter or even the spring is a big clue Read more
Wintergreen houseplants require lots of bright light but not too much direct sun. An hour or two of direct morning sun is probably enough. Wintergreen plants indoors do not like much heat. You'll also want to give your wintergreen houseplants enough water to keep their Read more
Wintergreen is hardy in growing zones 3 – 7. It grows best in semi-shade. It will grow in full shade, but won't flower or develop as many berries. It also prefers acidic soil, pH 4.5 – 6.5.