Myrtus: Identification, plant Growth and reproduction

Learn about the plant

Myrtus is a genus of 2 types of upright or round, evergreen trees and shrubs from the wash, woodland, and woodland margins within the Mediterranean area, N. Africa, S. America, and the Falkland Islands. An excellent cut flower, Myrtus was held sacred to the Goddess of Love in ancient times. Aromatic, finely textured, deep green glossy leaves contrast with the fragrant white flowers. Berries are purplish-black. Heat-loving. All withstand sea breezes. Tolerate a wide range of soils. The shrub becomes about 2 feet tall or more if left untrimmed and can be stood outdoors during the summer months.

Plant growth conditions

Cozy – lowest 50F in winter. As much light as possible. Shade from the hot sun.

Always keep garden compost constantly damp – lessen watering in winter. Mist leaves frequently.

Plant reproduction

Consider originating cuttings in the spring season. Use a hormone and provide bottom heat. Sow seeds in some containers in the cold in autumn