How to Plant Bacopa


Bacopa is is a bushy, full plant that will trail beautifully over the sides of a hanging pot or patio container. The dark leaves and the tiny pink or white blooms are splashy enough to have a pot to themselves, or they can be mixed with bright petunias or other annuals for a truly striking color bowl that will bloom all summer long. Bacopa can also be planted as a ground cover or border plant.

Step 1

Fill a planting container with good quality potting soil. Make sure the pot has good drainage through holes in the bottom of the pot.

Step 2

Purchase bacopa starts from a garden center or greenhouse. Remove the plants from the plastic container and gently loosen the soil around the roots. Use a trowel to dig a small holes in the pot and carefully plant the bacopa. You can plant more than one bacopa in a pot, but leave 2 to 3 inches between each one.

Step 3

Water bacopa immediately after planting. After the plant is established, it should dry out slightly between waterings. Put the bacopa in a sunny location, but if you live in a hot climate, it will do better in partial shade.

Step 4

Feed the bacopa a liquid fertilizer every other week. Read the manufacturer label for specific instructions.

Things You'll Need

  • Planting container
  • Potting soil
  • Bacopa starts
  • Liquid fertilizer


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M.H. Dyer is a longtime 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.