How do you grow Wintergreen?
Posted by Dobies Staff on 18 December 2013 12:49 pm

This hardy perennial Wintergreen plant will grow to a height of approximately 20cm (8″) with a spread of up to 60-90cm (2-3ft). Sow the seeds in March and April on a warm windowsill that is not in direct sunlight or in a propagator at a temperature 18-20ºC (64-68ºF). The seeds need light to germinate and should not be covered with compost, just lightly press the seeds into the surface. Transplant the seedlings into small pots when they are large enough to handle. 

When the plants are a good size and have a strong root system they can be planted outdoors in dappled shade once the danger of frost has passed. The plants require an acid soil that does not dry out. Where the soil is alkaline they can be grown in pots using an ericaceous potting compost. Keep the plants well watered and feed the plants with an ericaceous liquid fertilizer.

If just leaves are to be harvested trim off the young shoot tips, but if berries are required later in the year remove individual young leaves as needed.
Do not use this plant for culinary uses if you are allergic to aspirin or similar painkiller.

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