How to care for your bitterroot - tips and tricks

How to care for your bitterroot - tips and tricks

The right location and the best soil

The porcelain rose loves a sunny location, but also thrives in partial shade. If it does not get enough sun, it will only grow poorly and refuse to flower. You should give your plant at least three hours of sunshine. Loosen up heavy soil with a little gravel or sand, because bitter root does not tolerate waterlogging.

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Plant the bitterroot

Water the bitterroot thoroughly before planting or repotting. How to remove old substrate and loosen the roots. In addition, the plants soak themselves full of water, which makes sense after a long transport or a period of moderate watering.

The planting hole should have a slightly larger diameter than the root ball. Add some humus or well-rotted compost, place the bitter root in the planting hole, fill up with fresh potting soil and water the plant well. When planting in a pot or bucket, first create a drainage layer made of old potsherds, expanded clay (€ 17.50 on Amazon *) or coarse gravel.

Water and fertilize the bitter root

The bitter root cannot stand when its roots dry out. That is why you should water your plant regularly. The porcelain rose does not need a lot of fertilizer. A little compost or bark mulch in spring is enough for plants in the open ground. If, on the other hand, your porcelain rose is in a planter, give it some liquid fertilizer about once a month.

The bitterroot in winter

When it comes to winter care, you need to distinguish between the hardy and frost-sensitive varieties. It is best to inquire about them when you buy your plants, unless there is a note on the label. Winter hardy varieties of bitterroot need protection against moisture rather than cold at temperatures down to around - 20 ° C. Frost-sensitive varieties should, if possible, overwinter indoors.

The most important care tips for bitterroot:

  • sunny to partially shaded
  • permeable soil
  • water regularly
  • not always frost hardy!


When buying it, make sure that your bitter root is frost hardy or not.