In order to plant a wax myrtle shrub, choose a good location, dig a hole and plant the shrub. Add mulch to the plant, and water the roots well. This project takes less than an hour to complete and requires a trowel, mulch and water.
- Choose a good location
Choose a location for the shrub that receives full or partial sunlight. This plant thrives in dry, sunny locations. If the location is too cold, the leaves can turn brown and fall off. The plant tolerates a variety of soil types, although it grows best in well-drained acidic soil. Because the wax myrtle shrub is a natural mosquito repellent, you might want to plant it around patios or picnic areas.
- Dig a hole
Dig a hole that is deeper and wider than the root ball of the shrub so the roots have room to spread.
- Plant the shrub
Carefully remove the shrub from the container, and place it in the hole. Make sure that the root flare zone, which is the junction where the roots branch off from the trunk, is above the soil line. Fill the hole with soil.
- Add mulch
Add a layer of mulch to the base of the plant to keep the soil moist and to prevent weed growth.
- Water well
Water the plant regularly until it becomes established. The roots require sufficient water to grow into the new soil.