How to Grow Bacopa Outdoors


Bacopa (Sutera cordata) is a trailing plant suited perfectly for patio containers or hanging baskets where the plant can flow unrestrained over the rim of the container. As long as bacopa has enough water, the plant will produce continuous masses of tiny white, rose or lavender blooms all summer long. Bacopa isn't difficult to grow and requires very little attention.

Step 1

Plant bacopa in a container filled with a good quality all-purpose commercial potting soil, and be sure the container has bottom drainage holes.

Step 2

Place bacopa where the plant will be exposed to full sunlight.

Step 3

Keep the potting soil moist, as the plant will drop blooms if the soil dries out. Check the potting soil daily, especially during warm, dry weather.

Step 4

Fertilize bacopa two weeks after planting and every other week thereafter with an all-purpose liquid fertilizer. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer package. As an alternative, apply a time-release fertilizer just once.

Step 5

Pinch the tips of the bacopa stems about two weeks after planting to encourage full, bushy growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Planting container with drainage holes
  • All-purpose commercial potting soil
  • All-purpose liquid fertilizer or time-release fertilizer


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About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.