Wax Myrtle plentiful in Florida

Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 09:06 AM.

Wax Myrtles can be grown from seeds, cuttings, and simple layering techniques.  If you’re growing them from seed, be sure to sow the seed as soon as it matures.  Seeds can be started in a mixture of equal parts sand and peat moss.

Another method for propagating Wax Myrtle is to dig established plants during the winter months.  Cut the plants back to within a few inches of the ground.  Dig out the root clumps and set them in containers.

In a few months, a fairly good-sized plant will grow.  A small tree, say 10-12 feet in height, will take a few years to grow, using this method.

Being a native plant, wax myrtle is well suited to Florida’s soil and climate.  In fact, this plant is often seen growing along highways, close to roadside ditches, and other uncultivated areas.  The plant is cold hardy, salt tolerant, and relatively free of disease and insects.

In summary, Wax Myrtles are among the most desirable plants for use in the Florida landscape.  Their leaves give off a pleasant aromatic fragrance of Bayberry, and their waxy fruits can be sued for making candles.  The plants thrive in moist, sandy soils, needs very little maintenance and are rarely bothered by insects and diseases.

For more information on Wax Myrtle contact the Gulf County Extension Service @ 639-3200 or visit our websitehttp://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu  or www.http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu  and see Publication ENH 569/

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