Growing a heliotrope plant brings satisfaction to the gardener, not only in its dense cluster of delicate flowers, but in its delicious aroma. Some people claim it has a striking scent of vanilla.
Latin name : Heliotropium Arborescens
Type of Plant : Flower
Sun Exposure : Full sun, part shade
Soil Type : Loamy, Sandy
Planting heliotrope in areas that have an abundance of morning sun and shade in the afternoon is important as they require at least 6 hours or sunlight. Heliotrope does very well in loamy soil or sand, planted in clay heliotrope will not do very well.
The care of heliotrope includes watering every few days depending on the dampness of the soil, and the weather.
Whether in the garden or containers, heliotrope care includes pinching plants back. You can start pinching back the tips all over the plant while it is still young to encourage bushiness. This will delay the initial bloom time, but later on you’ll be rewarded with a larger, more constant supply of blossoms.
Heliotrope plants grow in one-sided clusters that follow the sun, hence the name from the Greek words Helios (sun) and Tropos (turn).