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.

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.