Myrtle is native to the Mediterranean region and grows well in coastal climates with dry summers and wet winters.
Plant your Myrtus communis ‘Compacta’ in a location that receives full sun in well-drained soil. Adaptable to a variety of soil types, this compact myrtle grows best in moderately fertile soil. Dwarf Myrtle does not like waterlogged soil and fast draining soil is also key to successful growth.
Water regularly during the first year to develop a strong root system. Reduce frequency once established. Tolerates some drought once established. Water as needed especially in hot weather or arid climates.
Prune your Dwarf Myrtle in late winter or early spring to desired shape. Frequent pruning for a formal hedge or topiary will reduce flower production.
Provide shelter from drying winds.
Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer like Gardner & Bloome 4-4-4 Organic All Purpose Fertilizer once a year in spring.
Overall, the Dwarf Myrtle is a versatile and hardy plant that can add a touch of beauty and elegance to any garden. With proper care and maintenance, it can thrive in a variety of settings and will be a great addition to any garden.