Updated: Mar 16, 2019
Learn how to care for your Myrtle Topiary with these simple tips!
I recently became a proud owner of a myrtle topiary, not expecting it to be so needy! I made a rookie mistake of leaving it near an open window (it's 30 degrees outside) and the top layer of leaves withered. Me, panicking and worried I killed my new exotic plant, rushed it to the warm window and trimmed the dead leaves off. Life lesson: these plants HATE the cold!
Myrtles thrive the most during warm climates, like summer, with a healthy balance of water and sun. Most owners of this dainty tree will keep them outside to obtain the maximum amount of sun. They can be grown outdoors as evergreen shrubs or hedges, and love to be trimmed. Pruning the myrtle makes it happier and able to flourish more, which is why it is a popular choice for plant lovers! BUT if you're like me and would rather have a house full of beautiful greenness then caring for the myrtle is a little different. Here are some steps to caring for your indoor myrtle topiary:
Try to place your myrtle in direct sunlight and rotate every few days so that more than one side is getting sun.
Depending on the climate in which you place your myrtle in, water either every day or every other day. DO NOT wait until the soil is completely dry! If your myrtle gets too dry, the leaves will start to turn brown and wither. If that occurs, then it is too late. If your home is dry, spray the leaves with water as well to keep the whole plant fed. When I water, I like to make sure most of the soil is soaked and then spray the leaves gently.
It is always a good idea to trim your myrtle every two weeks between the winter and end of summer. Doing so will allow your myrtle to grow more dense; when you cut one twig, two will grow! It's like twig propagation! If the leaves shed some, don't panic! It's completely normal; however, if they seem to be shedding a lot then there could be insects.
If you notice your myrtle absorbing water quickly then it is time to switch to a larger pot! Often times when you purchase a myrtle, it comes in a small pot but that's okay for the first few months. Pick a new pot that's about one size larger, otherwise the roots will work too hard on trying to fill a larger pot, thus needing more water to sustain the energy.
Start by fertilizing once a month to see how your myrtle reacts to it. I give my myrtle plant food once every 3 weeks to keep it healthy and full!
Caring for a myrtle topiary isn't rocket science but can be challenging! Just make sure to keep it in the warm sun and water thoroughly.
I hope these tips helped and that your myrtle flourishes!