Mixed forest, dappled light
Water requirement: Keep soil moist throughout growth and bloom season.
Bright spot with well-drained soil rich in organic matter, with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5.
Space plants 10-14” apart for growth as a ground cover. Seeds need to be separated from the pulp and given 4 to 13 weeks cold treatment. Plant seeds in containers containing peat and sand in early spring. Place in a greenhouse until sprouts are visible. You can also propogate wintergreen's through division, which is much faster. Divide plants in early spring and ensure they get an average amount of water.
You can also propogate in early spring by division. Cut one of the new stem sections with roots and re-plant in sterile seed starting mix. Keep moist.
Wintergreen makes an excellent indoor plant. It hibernates in winter so the need to care for it decreases. Nonetheless this plant needs plenty of sunlight, especially in spring, and to keep the soil moist. Wintergreens like cooler weather, between 16oC and 20oC.
Germination seeds require a period of cold-moist stratification (1-2 months).
Established plants tolerate some dry soils. Plants perform best in climates with cool summers.
The scented oils from the plants deter most pests. Poorly draining soils can cause root rot or mildew.
No pruning is necessary but you can harvest the leaves for tea anytime during the growing season.