By Becca Badgett
(Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden)
You’ve probably heard all the buzz about Bacopa and its restorative properties on TV shows like Dr. Oz. Calming nerves and assisting in a peaceful sleep, we might all benefit from learning how to grow a Bacopa plant (Sutera cordata). In addition to the calming effects, growing Bacopa plants adds perky color and finely textured foliage to the garden bed or nearby hanging basket. Let’s find out how to grow a Bacopa plant.
Bacopa Plant Info
Growing Bacopa trailing annual is simple, with many uses in the sunny to part shade garden. Bacopa plant info indicates that the small plant reaches no more than 6-12 inches in maturity. The low-growing specimen spreads vigorously to cascade over a wall or quickly cover bare spots under taller plants.
The happy Bacopa trailing annual is often covered with tiny flowers from June through October. Flowers are in shades of white, pink, lavender, blue and even coral red. The cultivar ‘Giant Snowflake’ has larger, white flowers and reaches just 3 to 6 inches in height and is one of the original varieties of Bacopa trailing annual.
When growing Bacopa plants, experiment with different varieties of the hybrids. ‘Cabana’ is a newer white-flowering form of the plant that is more compact. ‘Olympic Gold’ also has white flowers with variegated leaves of gold and green that requires a more shaded spot. Bacopa plant info says white flowering varieties offer the most long-lasting bloom.
Also, when shopping for Bacopa plants, look for the name Sutera on plant labels.
How Do You Care for Bacopa?
Growing Bacopa plants is most easily done in containers. This allows for the consistent moisture necessary to avoid the interruption of flowering. Use Bacopa trailing annual as a filler plant in mixed containers and hanging baskets.
Grow Bacopa trailing annual in a full sun to part shade location. Bacopa plant info on how to grow a Bacopa plant advises growing the plant where afternoon shade is available in the hottest areas.
The tender annual is sometimes bothered by aphids, which can be dispersed with a strong blast of water from the sprayer. If aphids persist on new growth, treat them with a soapy spray or insecticidal soap. Neem oil is also beneficial.
Now that you’ve learned the basics of how do you care for Bacopa and the many uses for the diminutive, spreading plant, add some to your garden this year.