The best way to Plant a Mussaenda Bush

Mussaenda bushes are evergreens in the Rubiaceae family that bloom from spring to fall in mild-winter areas. The bloom colours may be red, yellow or creamy-white with sepals or white, red or pink bracts surrounding the flowers. The range M. ‘Queen Sirikit’ creates pale-yellow to white flowers with bracts and red centers. There are five species developed in lots of and cultivation hybrid cultivars, ranging from 2 feet in height . Select a Mussaenda bush when mature, that can fit comfortably to the landscape.

Locate a planting site for the Mussaenda where it’ll be subjected to sunlight at least six hours each day. Plant it where it is going to receive night or morning immediate sunlight with shade during the latest parts of the day for brighter bloom colours.

Test the soil for nutrient amounts and pH, organic matter. Make sure that the soil has an acidic pH below 7. Add sulfur to alkaline soil to make it more acid. Add organic matter like compost or leaf mould to the soil if required, to enhance the texture and nutrient amounts. Add perlite in the event the soil tends to drain gradually to improve drainage. Mix the amendments to the soil completely.

Dig a planting hole twice the diameter having a grime shovel in late-winter. Plant it at the same depth it was developing formerly. Place the Mussaenda roots to the hole and backfill with all the soil that has been removed in the hole. Water it generously to to be in the dirt across the roots. If it settles below the ground-level, add soil on best.

Spread shredded bark mulch into a depth of 3″ across the Mussaenda bush. Keep the mulch 3″ stems. Water the bush twice or once per week or as frequently as required to keep the soil moist but not muddy.

Sprinkle slow release balanced fertilizer granules that are total after planting, when it starts to develop new leaves six to eight months across the bush.

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