How to water
To proceed correctly to wet the sarcococca it is good to make sure that the soil has completely dried from the previous irrigation. This plant absolutely does not tolerate an excess of water and if we were to proceed with excessive irrigation we would risk creating water stagnations. These stagnations cause asphyxia of the roots and the consequent root rot that could also lead to the death of the plant itself. Surely, the frequency of watering will tend to vary depending on the season. Wetting will be more frequent in summer than in the winter season. Once this fundamental condition has been respected, the Sarcococca no other special needs. It is not necessary to supply the plant with any particular water during the wetting process.
How to cure it
There Sarcococca It is a rather resistant plant and able to adapt to different environments. As for the correct exposure of the sarcococca, it is good to place the plant in a shady or semi-shaded place. The plant does not fear the cold and can survive even in areas with a rather hot climate. The multiplication of the sarcococca can take place by seed, by semi-woody cutting or by the division of the root suckers and it is advisable to proceed in autumn. Pruning can be done in March or October. It is necessary to completely cut the dry branches and shorten the too long ones by about a third. It is good to try to repot the plant every year. Proceed by turning the vase upside down and removing the plant. If necessary, apply light pressure with your hands.
How to fertilize it
Sarcococcus fertilization must take place twice a year, in autumn and spring. It is good to use a slow-release organic fertilizer or mature manure so as to guarantee good vegetative growth and good flowering. It is recommended to always use natural fertilizers that tend to be more compatible with the needs of the plant. The fertilization must be interrupted during the period of vegetative rest of the sarcococca. As for the soil, the plant needs a substrate that is fresh, soft and rich in organic substances. Furthermore, to avoid as much as possible the problem of water stagnation, it is recommended to provide the sarcococca with a well-draining soil that can help the plant absorb water correctly.
Sarcococca: Diseases and remedies
The sarcococca does not seem to be very easily attacked by pests or insects. The only parasite that attacks the plant easily is the cochineal. To verify its possible presence it is good to proceed by checking the lower page of the leaves: if the cochineal is present, it will be possible to notice white spots. To eradicate this parasite, it is possible to use alcohol wipes that are rubbed on the infected parts in order to remove the parasite. Another possible sarcococcus problem may be root rot. It is necessary to pay attention to the substrate before proceeding with wetting as the asphyxia of the roots could lead to the death of the plant. The sarcococca seems to be quite resistant even to the attack of fungal species.