Shortia are creeping hardy perennials that have evergreen rounded leaves.
They bloom in the spring time carrying pink tubular shaped flowers.
Their creeping nature makes Shortia an ideal plant for use in rock gardens.
Some of the common names for the pant include Fringe bell, Oconee Bell, and Nippon bells.
Shortia galacifolia (Oconee Bells) by Zen.
When growing fringe bells and other members of the Shortia genus from seeds, it is easiest to sow them outdoors from spring towards the end of summer.
Sow the seeds on the soil surface. Space at about 30 cm (1 foot) apart. Locate in a shaded or partially shady part of the garden.
Shade is important as fringe Bells require a cool soil, additionally the soil should be acidic, and moist.
If starting Shortia plants indoors, then they should be imbibed by placing the seeds (within soil) in a black bag, then placing in the fridge for three weeks.
Seeds should then be sown out at a temperature of 15 to 18 Celsius (59 to 64°F). They normally take about one or two months to germinate.
Seedlings should be transplanted following the last frost of spring.
These plants are not the easiest to look after. Shortia requires a cool soil, so supply a leaf mold mulch. Water the plants in the growing season to keep the soil moist.
Although they can be propagated by division it is best not to disturb Shortia plants, so if you require more plants take from cuttings in the summer.
The Shortia genus is made up of approximately 6 species, notable for their attractive, evergreen foliage and delicate white flowers.
Shortia species can make charming additions to shade or woodland gardens due to their delicate flowers and ornamental leaves.
Shortia galacifolia (Oconee Bells) is a popular choice for gardeners due to its rare beauty and delicate, bell-shaped flowers.
The flowers of Shortia are not known for their fragrance, but their beauty makes them desirable nonetheless.
Shortia species prefer shady locations with well-drained, acidic soil rich in organic matter.
Currently, Shortia is not considered invasive in the USA. It's always wise to consult local regulations for the most accurate information.
For removing Shortia, carefully dig up the plants, ensuring all roots are removed to prevent regrowth.
The Shortia plant genus contains perennial plants native to eastern North America and eastern Asia. They are valued for their attractive, bell-shaped flowers that bloom in spring, and their glossy, evergreen leaves.
To grow Shortia, plant seeds or divisions in autumn or spring. They prefer shady to partially shady locations and well-drained, humus-rich soil. Regular watering is required, particularly during dry periods, but overwatering should be avoided to prevent root rot.
I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Shortia plants. You may also enjoy the following Gardener's HQ growing guides useful for florists: How to grow Cyclamen persicum and Kalanchoe blossfeldiana plants.