Bacopa Planting and Care Guide
Quick Facts About Bacopa
Bacopa plants are the perfect "spillers" for containers. Their cascading habit spills over the sides of baskets, pots, and window boxes. It blooms non-stop from spring through autumn, and in warm climates, it will survive the winters. For an endless display, Bacopa, is a great addition to any container and blends in well with other flowers.
Start Bacopa seeds about 8 weeks prior to the end of frost season. Transplant outside once frost danger has passed.
Bacopa plants thrive in full sun to partial shade. An ideal location would have full morning sun and some shade in the afternoon. Bacopa can be grown in all containers and in the ground as a low ground cover.
How to Plant Bacopa
- Fill starter trays with moistened seed starting soil
- Bacopa seeds need light to germinate, so press the seeds into the soil but do not cover them
- Lay clear plastic wrap loosely on top of the tray to help hold in moisture
- Place the tray in a bright, warm window
- Lift the plastic wrap each day to mist down the soil and seeds
- Once sprouts emerge, remove the plastic wrap
- Continue growing the Bacopa in a bright sunny window or under grow lights
- Water the plants daily
- Once there are true leaves, provide a water soluable fertilizer diluted to half strength
- Pinch back growing tips to encourage a bushier growth habit
- Harden off the plants for 7 - 10 days prior to transplanting outdoors
Care And Maintenance
- Bacopa plants need a consistent watering schedule - if the plants dry out even for a day or two, blooming will stop. Once they're watered again consistently, they will start blooming again, but it may take a week or two to be fully loaded with blooms again
- Bacopa is a heavy feeder so provide a balanced water soluable fertilizer every 2 - 3 weeks - like a 10-10-10
- There's no need to deadhead, but occasionally some light pruning is needed