​Planting Tips for Acid Loving Plants

Before purchasing make sure to check you growing zone to make sure the plant will thrive in your USDA Zone 

Azalea | Abelia | Boxwood | Cleyera | Crape Myrtle | Holly(Ilex) | Juniper  Loropetalum | Mahonia | Pieris | Nandina | Viburnum

 Choose a location that will receive the required amount of sunlight according to the care tag.

Full Sun – 6+ Hrs | Partial Sun/Shade – 3-6 Hrs | Shade – 3 or less hours of Sun per day

Groundwork: Soil Prep

The soil in the ideal location will have well-drained soil. If the soil is not “well-draining” plan to dig the hole for your new acidic loving plants (ALP’s) 3-4 times larger than the pot and using a well-drained garden soil to back fill the hole to make sure that plant is receiving adequate drainage. Poor drainage can lead to root rot and disease.

To make sure your new ALP is going to thrive you want to make sure that you will be planting in well-drained slightly acidic soil. The Ideal pH range for most ALP’s from 5 to 6.5, but we recommend checking the care tag to see the ideal range on the particular species you are planting. If the information is not listed on the tag a quick search on your favorite search engine will provide you this information.

We recommend using a well-drained garden soil mixed in with your native soil (If you have nice soil in your location) to back fill the hole when planting. You can also consider adding compost, peat moss, and manure which can help improve your soils’ fertility and drainage.

When to Plant

Spring and Autumn/Fall are considered the ideal time to plant due to the milder conditions, but you can be plant throughout the year as long as adequate care is taken to care for the new plants.

Planting Steps:

  • Water your new acid loving plant thoroughly before starting
  • Start by digging the hole 2-x times larger than the root ball
  • Remove the plant from the container and tease the root ball loosening the roots
  • You want the top of the root ball to be slightly above the soil level(approx. 1/4-1/2 inch)
  • Fill in around the plant with your mixture of well drained garden soil and organic matter of choice
  • Add mulch to help regulated moisture
  • Water 2-3 times per week until established, then as needed in dry conditions
  • Fertilize with a well-balance fertilizer that is formulated for acid loving plants to keep your plants well fed(Repeat annually or biannually)

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