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How to Care for a Guara Plant

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Overview

Guara plants (Guara lindheimeri) are flowering perennials native to North America. Delicate-looking with their thin, graceful stems topped with pale pink flowers, these plants are in fact quite hardy, and if given proper care, will thrive in most home gardens. Guara plants grow best outdoors in-ground if planted in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) growing zones 6 though 9, according to information published by the University of Florida. In cooler climates, they can be planted in containers and brought indoors when cold weather arrives.

Step 1

Plant your guara in a location where it will receive a full day's worth of sunlight. These plants, which easily adapt to the hot sun according to the University of Illinois, need at least six to eight hours of sunlight per day in order to thrive.

Step 2

Provide well-draining soil for your plant. Building a raised bed will offer the best drainage. Never locate the plant where standing water collects, or flooding occurs. The type of soil is not as important, as guaras will grow in sandy, clay or loamy soil, according to the University of Florida.

Step 3

Fertilize in early spring with a slow-release, water-soluble, balanced (10-10-10) fertilizer. Follow the instructions on the label according to the size of your plant.

Step 4

Keep the soil moderately moist. Water when the first few inches of soil are dry. The plant will tolerate short periods of drought, according to Fine Gardening. Over-watering will cause root rot, a fungal disease that arises when the ground is too wet, so err on the side of under-watering.

Step 5

Deadhead (clip or pluck off) the spent blooms to encourage the plant to keep producing more flowers. This plant can grow to 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide, so if you want a smaller plant, prune it down to half its size in late spring.

Tips and Warnings

  • Leaf spot can occur if water is left to sit on the plant's leaves. Water in the morning so that the sun will evaporate any water that gets on the foliage, and water at the soil level whenever possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Watering tool
  • Pruning shears
  • Slow-release, balanced (10-10-10) fertilizer

References

  • University of Florida: Gaura Lindheimeri
  • Fine Gardening: Gaura Lindheimeri
  • Univesity of Illinois: Gaura Lindheimeri
Keywords: care of guara, growing guara plants, Gaura lindheimeri care

About this Author

April Sanders has been a professional writer since 1998. Previously, she worked as an educator and currently writes academic research content for EBSCO publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in social psychology from the University of Washington and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education from Mansfield University.