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Gaura Lindheimeri: An Essential Grow and Care Guide

Scientific name: Gaura Lindheimeri, Oenothera Lindheimeri | Common name: Gaura, ‘The Bride.’

👍 Loves:  Bees; sunlight    | 👎 Hates: Being transplanted

Otherwise known as the ‘Gaura’ and ‘wandflower’, the Gaura Lindheimeri can grow between 15 inches and 4 feet and is a low-maintenance perennial. In this grow and care guide, we will go through the essentials of this beautiful flower and how you can grow one in your garden.

In this care guide, we will explore the following about the Gaura Lindheimeri:

Identification

This section will cover the basics of the Gaura Lindheimeri, and how you can identify the features that show that it is in healthy condition.

  • Leaves: A Gaura’s leaves are often lance-shaped (like an alternate spoon) and are, therefore, delicate when handled.
  • Formation: Gaura Lindheimeri forms in a compact, clump perennial that can range up to 40cm high, and is recognised for its beautiful pink or white flowering.
  • Height: Between 15 inches and 4 feet tall.
  • Spread: Gaura Lindheimeri likes growing either south or west facing, and which will enable it to grow up to 90cm in height and 60cm in the spread.
  • Flowers: Its flower stems are wiry, and the flower bears about 1 inch, accompanied by four petals per head. The flower’s colours include white and pink but it can sometimes have a combination of the two.
  • Identifying Features: Pink and/or white flower heads, along with their young, red stem.
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When To Plant

  • Gaura can be grown as an annual flower. However, if it is a perennial, be aware of growing it in cold climates because otherwise, it will not last. You can cut back on your gaura during the autumn, which will help minimalise exposure to pests during the winter.

Where To Plant

  • You can plant Gaura Lindheimeri in a shrouded or herbaceous border. The environment a Gaura grows in can vary the impact of how the plant will grow. It is commonly used to fill in spaces that need more care and attention and will flower between summer and autumn.

Propagating Gaura Lindheimeri

  • You can propagate a Gaura from a seedling or cuttings. As there are numerous hybrids of the plant, you can easily collect seeds from it, but it is better to collect seeds from the mother plant in case the results will not be as attractive.
  • Dividing the plant is not easy to do due to the taproot’s length, and the plants can remain vigorous without needing to be cut. Here is how to propagate the Gaura Lindheimeri:
  • Cut off five shoots at about 4 inches with a sharp knife or pruners aimed at the base of the stem. Cut them by the crown but do not damage it.
  • With a pot measured at 4-6 inches, fill it with a potting mixture and slowly add water until the mixture is moist throughout and water is dripping from the drain holes. Encourage the cuttings into the soil to a depth of 1 inch.
  • Place the pot in a secure location, away from sunlight and strong winds. Monitor the soil to keep it moist at all times.

Pruning Gaura Lindheimeri

  • This can be done by cutting back on the stems on the Gaura after it has first blossomed, and this will encourage a tidy plant and for it to spur, provoking another bloom.

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Growing and Care Tips

As glorious as the Gaura Lindheimeri plant is, there are certain things you need to know about growing and caring for it, such as:

  • Watering – the Gaura does not need much watering but should be in large quantities to allow the roots to burrow deeper into the soil.
  • Fertilising – As the Gaura Lindheimeri does not need rich soil, it does not need supplemental fertiliser either. Too much manure can also cause the plant to go floppy, so keep feeding to a minimum.
  • Soil – Gaura prefers poor quality soil, so therefore, should not be given anything too rich and have a neutral ph.
  • Pests – Gaura Lindheimeri is mainly vulnerable to aphids during early spring, which can easily be irradicated, either by using a hose or an insecticidal disinfectant. Pests like to hide out in rotten plant matter during the winter, so removing this will leave them less likely to hang around. Keep an eye out for Aphids, leaf miners, whiteflies, and spider mites are the most likely culprits.
  • Infection – If your Gaura Lindheimeri becomes infected by whirling butterflies such as Botrytis, Phytophthora, Rhizoctonia, or powdery mildew, continuously monitor your crops and apply pesticidal soap if the condition worsens.

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Add Glorious Gaura to your Garden Today

And there we have it! That is everything you need to know about growing and caring for Gaura Lindheimeri. Pretty simple, right? Not all plants are challenging to care for, and if you are new to gardening and want to develop your skills steadily, having a Gaura Lindheimeri is a perfect place to start. Not only is it easy to care for, but it will be a standout in your garden display with its beautiful white and pink colours alongside its pink stem.

Sources

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