correa

There are many different Correa species that range from ground covers to small shrubs that can grow up to 2 metres. The most varieties have a distinctive tubular bloom that generally makes an appearance in winter and early spring. It is a great plant to attract birds to the garden.


How to grow correa in a garden

  1. Choose a place in the garden that gets full sun to filtered sunlight. Prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well. 
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch, keeping it away from the main stem.
  5. Feed in Autumn and Spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to ensure strong root development.
     


How to grow correa in a pot

  1. Choose a pot that is at least twice the size of the selected plant. Position in the garden that receives full sun to filtered light.
  2. Fill the pot with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter. 
  3. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well.
  5. Feed in Autumn and Spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to ensure strong root development.

Growing tips

  • Very hardy plant, and is tough and drought tolerant when established
  • Even though they are easy to maintain, they do appreciate a light trim after flowering.
  • Reliable and adaptable species are:
    White Correa (C. alba) Height 2 m, width 2 m. This variety is salt tolerant.
    Common Correa (C. reflexa) Height from prostrate to 3 metres.
    Correa decumbens. Height 30 cm, width 80 cm.
    Correa ‘Dusky Bells’. Height 80 cm, width 80 cm. 

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Correas are a group of Australian native plants with beautiful tubular flowers. There are many different Correa species that range from ground covers to small 2 m shrubs, with their peak flowering flush in late winter and early spring.

Correas are adored by nectar feeding birds and are particularly attractive to Australian native bees like blue-banded and carpenter bees. Correas prefer growing in cool to warm temperate climates in full sun to part shade in well-drained soil, and are dry and cold tolerant once established.

Correa information and images courtesy of www.ozbreed.com.au

Look out for these gorgeous correas from Ozbreed in your local nursery:

  • ‘Bellissimo’™, pictured firstl, is a compact correa, growing to 50 cm tall and spreading to 1 m wide. It has large pink and yellow bell shaped flowers and makes a great potted and small landscape plant.
  • ‘Coastal Pink’™, pictured second, has pink tinged flowers on a 2 m tall x 2 m wide shrub. Great for mass planting or hedging.
  • ‘Crimson Tide’™, pictured third, has vivid pink flowers on a vigorous low spreading shrub.

Australian native plants like correas can be given a feed each spring and autumn with Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser, which gently releases organic nutrients to promote healthy correa growth and lots of lovely flowers. Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser will also add rich organic matter to the soil, which improves the quality of the soil and attracts beneficial earthworms and soil microorganisms. 


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