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Care of the plant Vitex agnus-castus or Chasteberry.

Care of the plant Vitex agnus-castus or Chasteberry

The genus Vitex, family Lamiaceae, comprises 250 species of trees and shrubs native to temperate, tropical and subtropical regions of all continents. Some species are: Vitex agnus-castus, Vitex trifolia, Vitex negundo, Vitex lucens, Vitex megapotamica, Vitex cymosa, Vitex lignum-vitae.

Common names: Chaste tree, Chastetree, Chasteberry, Abraham's balm, Lilac chastetree, Monk's pepper. This species is native to the Mediterranean region.

They are aromatic deciduous shrubs with long, thin branches and a compact bearing that reach 4 meters in height. They have greenish-gray leaves formed by 5-7 leaflets. The flowers are small, purple or white, and appear on long erect spikes. They bloom in summer.

They are used as windbreaks, to form aromatic hedges and as isolated specimens. They are ideal plants for Mediterranean gardens by the sea.

Vitex agnus-castus is an easy-to-grow plant that needs full sun or light shade exposure and high temperatures.

They can grow in any type of well-drained soil. The planting is done in spring.

Water regularly so that the soil is always wet (never water); wait for the substrate surface to dry.

Fertilize in autumn with compost, with humus or with manure.

Prune intensively in spring.

They are fast growing shrubs and quite resistant to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated from seeds sown in spring or by cuttings in fall.

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Vitex agnus-castus
Vitex agnus-castus
Vitex agnus-castus
Vitex agnus-castus
Vitex agnus-castus
Vitex agnus-castus
Vitex agnus-castus
Vitex agnus-castus
Vitex agnus-castus
 

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