Euonymus Wintercreeper (Wintergreen)
The name of this plant comes from Greek mythology where it was the name of one of the nymphs who lived in the forest. She had a special relationship with Persephone, daughter of Hades. One day she fell in love with him and asked him to give her something that would make her happy: a spring made out of gold. He gave her the spring which turned into a river of living gold. When she drank from it, she became immortal.
After this event, the Greeks named all plants that contained some kind of liquid gold.
In other words, euonymus wintercreeper contains a secret substance called “golden water”. This substance is very beneficial to humans because it makes us live longer and healthier. However, it is not easy to get hold of because it only grows in certain areas of the world. For example, it grows in the mountains and deserts.
Planting euonymus wintercreeper vine is quite simple but requires a lot of patience. You need to wait until the plant reaches its full size before planting it somewhere else. It is a slow growing plant but it is very beautiful when seen outdoors.
How To Plant Wintercreeper Vines?
This is a very common question among people that have no idea about gardening in general. Some people say that this plant is extremely easy to grow because it does not require any special care. It can grow anywhere as long as it finds the right amount of sunlight and water, which are both necessary for all kind of plants.
Other people say that this plant is extremely difficult to grow because it has very specific needs. It needs a lot of water, sunlight and space. If you don’t provide it with these necessities, the plant will not grow or will die eventually.
The truth is somewhere in the middle. Wintercreeper vines are easy to grow if you know how much sun and water they need. They do not like too much sun, so placing them in a shady area would be good. Also, they do not need that much water. Watering them once a week should be enough unless it is extremely hot outside.
The more sun and water the plant gets, the faster and larger it will grow.
If you are wondering when to prune wintercreeper, you should do it once a year in the spring. Make sure that you cut off dead or dying parts of the plant. You can also prune the plant to keep its size small.
After reading this article, it is expected that you know more about how to prune wintercreeper. It’s growing process is very simple and it does not require much effort. Enjoy your new plant!
Sources & references used in this article:
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