How do you care for a Loropetalum plant?


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According to David Beaulieu in an article for About, Loropetalum grows best in a drained, rich and acidic loam. Young plants should be watered consistently, and adequate shade should be provided in southern areas, although this can reduce the plant's bloom production.

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How do you care for a Loropetalum plant?
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Loropetalum doesn't require pruning, but it's fine to trim the plants and use them as hedges. If the gardener prefers a low-maintenance plant, it also thrives when left to grow naturally. The Telegraph recommends placing the Loropetalum plant in a sheltered corner with sun exposure, ideally facing south or southwest. During times of drought, watering the Loropetalum is critical.

In areas with a colder climate, Loropetalum should be treated as a fragile plant. During the winter months, Loropetalum weathers well when planted in a terracotta container and brought into a cold greenhouse or conservatory. Applying garden mulch to the Loropetalum's root system increases its survival odds in a cold climate. Planting it in an area with a warmer microclimate is ideal.

During the summer months, The Telegraph recommends placing the Loropetalum among perennial potted plants and half-hardy annuals, or planting it with camellias as they provide shelter and utilize the same type of soil. Rhododendrons are also recommended as a planting partner.

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