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Old 06-01-2014, 03:01 PM   #1
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Will this Spirea shrub survive?


Just put it in last week and have been watering it as well as adding plant food. Will it survive?
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It should as long as you keep doing what you are doing. Just do not over water it. Also placing mulch over the soil. Helps keep the moisture in the ground. As for feeding. Once a month at this point is enough.

Also to keep slugs away. Place broken egg shells around your plants.

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It should as long as you keep doing what you are doing. Just do not over water it. Also placing mulch over the soil. Helps keep the moisture in the ground. As for feeding. Once a month at this point is enough. Also to keep slugs away. Place broken egg shells around your plants.
I use this once a week. Overkill?
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Yes overkill using once a week.
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Yes overkill using once a week.
Ok, that's what the directions state.
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Ok, that's what the directions state.
That is because they want you to keep buying the product. I only feed our Azalea's once a year. Even when we first planted them. It was a one time feed and that was it.

Just put down some mulch. Water once a day if hot out. Otherwise every other day is fine. Feed once a month from this point on.

What happens if you feed them every day or every week. Is that you can end up killing the shrub by adding too much feed. Depending on ground make up. The feed could end up never being used by the shrub or will stay in the ground, never fully absorbed by the soil. So that it can be dispersed through out.
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That is because they want you to keep buying the product. I only feed our Azalea's once a year. Even when we first planted them. It was a one time feed and that was it. Just put down some mulch. Water once a day if hot out. Otherwise every other day is fine. Feed once a month from this point on. What happens if you feed them every day or every week. Is that you can end up killing the shrub by adding too much feed. Depending on ground make up. The feed could end up never being used by the shrub or will stay in the ground, never fully absorbed by the soil. So that it can be dispersed through out.
Got it, if I feed once a month until Sept do I restart again next Spring with once a month!?
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Only feed as needed next year. You would be better to just mix in compost vs. packaged feeds.
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I had a well respected nurseryman tell me he just loves people that fertilize because most over fertilize and that keeps him in business.
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If it looks dry and brown underneath still how often should I water it?
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Depending upon your soil, water it everyday for 2 weeks, the cut it back to a few times per week. If you get a hot dry spell, give it some extra water. The plant is going to build its root structure so you may not see a lot going on with the top.
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Depending upon your soil, water it everyday for 2 weeks, the cut it back to a few times per week. If you get a hot dry spell, give it some extra water. The plant is going to build its root structure so you may not see a lot going on with the top.
Our soil has a lot of rock and clay. I added brown topsoil on top a few weeks ago.
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Our soil has a lot of rock and clay. I added brown topsoil on top a few weeks ago.
Soil on top isn't going to do much for the roots. Did you at least amend the soil when you planted it?
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Soil on top isn't going to do much for the roots. Did you at least amend the soil when you planted it?
Of course., this side gets a lot less sun.
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Spirea have an added benefit of having the capacity to endure just about any soil type, they will even grow in compacted clay soils. The main thing that Spirea need is plenty of light. They will grow in partial shade but full sun will bring out there biggest and best blooms. It is hard to tell the foliage color from the photo (or it could just be my aging eyes), but the yellow foliage varieties, are an exception as they will bloom well in partial shade.

If you want to use the Miracle Gro that's fine, however Spirea are not substantial feeders. An annual dose of compost is best. If using fertilizer it is better to use a balanced fertilizer like 10-10-10, the Miracle Gro is more like a 15-30-15. As already mentioned adding mulch will help keep the moisture in the ground. Spirea do not like "wet feet" so don't over water them. When they are first planted give them around an inch of water a week. You want to keep the soil saturated but not soggy. Once they are established you may never have to water them again depending on where you live. If the summers are dry and hot water once a month or every other month. Over watering and over fertilizing are the two most common mistakes people make when growing Spirea. They are a hardy shrub and don't need to be babied just let them grow naturally.

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