Mediterranean plants have particular needs due to their unique character. Read the five basic rules for growing Mediterranean plants below:
The soil provides the basis for every plant. By giving your plants the right soil, they will absorb nutrients and water faster, helping them to flourish and flower for longer. The right compost will ensure you have healthy plants. You may be surprised to hear that most Mediterranean plants actually prefer lots of water. Although it rains less in the Mediterranean region than elsewhere in Europe, the local soils are highly moisture retentive so that plants do not dry out there. So it is important to select a compost that can retain lots of moisture without actually becoming waterlogged. Thanks to the addition of a special substance that retains moisture and releases it to the plant when needed, as well as clay and volcanic material, the water balance in this compost closely approximates that of Mediterranean soils.
Sun, shade, light or semi-darkness... Every plant has its own favourite spot in the garden, but the right amount of moisture is also very important. You will get the best results if you try to reproduce the plant’s natural environment as much as possible. Read the label on the plant, it will tell you what kind of conditions your plant prefers.
Mediterranean plants need the right fertilizer in order to flourish and flower. Giving them the right plant food will also make them more resistant to diseases and plagues. The addition of potassium is important because this element helps to harden the plants against our harsh winters. Some species can remain outside all year round, while others will need to be protected against the frost or even kept indoors in the winter.
Most Mediterranean plants can be pruned in the spring, summer or autumn, but they should not be pruned in the winter as this is their rest period.
A healthy plant is a stronger plant that will be less susceptible to diseases. The right spot in the garden, sufficient water and, of course, the right nutrients are needed for healthy growth. Prevention, after all, is better than the cure. Sometimes plants need a little bit of extra care.