|Latin name:||Corokia cotoneaster 'Green Leaf' XL|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as container plant|
|Guarantee:||6 months growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||Yes|
|Growing Height:||40 - 60 cm|
The Corokia is such a versatile plant. Makes a great house plant but also a terrific plant on the patio or decking. The Corokia prefers a light spot, but can also cope in darker places. It will thrive in a sunny spot on the patio or decking, but if it has to go in a shady spot, that won’t be a problem. Another quality is its natural resistance to wind. Do ensure that in winter wherever you stand it, the roots of the Corokia do not stand in water, especially when potted – always select pots with holes for good drainage.
The Corokia is a very undemanding shrub. Indoors, water weekly or at least keep the potting compost moist. Do not allow the plant to stand in any excess water at the bottom of the pot as this will just drown it. If the plant is growing outdoors, just water enough so that the compost doesn’t dry out. This bush should really not stand in water. This shrub can be kept slightly drier over the winter. As it is a slow growing plant, it shouldn’t really be necessary to prune it. From time to time, do feel free to cut back any long shoots to keep its shape and obtain thicker foliage.
Corokia in the winter
The Corokia is used to hard coastal winds and is fairly hardy – will easily manage -18° C and for a short frosty period can tolerate -10° C. The Corokia will however prefer to hibernate in a cool place over the winter and the perfect temperature would be between 5° C - 10° C, but a warmer place up to 15° C will not cause a problem.
If your Corokia is on the patio or decking, you must give it some protection from the first frost or bring it indoors. If your Corokia is kept in a cool spot for the winter, you may see small yellow flowers appear in spring.