Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Planting and Growing Sadankwa Viburnum

If you have a large space to fill, this handsome evergreen bush with an attractive form will fill the requirements for a fast growing plant that will provide privacy.  The Sandankwa Viburnum is a hardy shrub that may reach 4 to 8 feet high and become just as wide.  It may be advisable to pay attention to trimming this bush or it may easily get away from you.  The flowers are small and grow in clusters.  They are white with a pinkish tint.

We wanted a fast growing shrub and any of the Viburnum fit that bill.  We wanted to hide an unattractive wooden fence.  In order for this bush to grow fast, it is all too tempting to use too much fertilizer too soon after planting.  It will only result in a tall and spindly bush.  As a matter of fact, we don't plan to fertilize until spring, warmer weather, and signs that the bush is putting out new growth.

To plant this shrub, we dug a hole twice as wide as the pot and as deep as the pot.  After removing the bush from the pot and putting it in the hole, the top of the root ball should be even with the ground.  We used our own compost as well as commercial compost and then added native soil and covered with mulch.

We made sure that the plant got plenty of water not only at planting time but several days afterwards too and then we tapered off and now it will be watered once or twice a week depending on the weather.

Although this is an excellent time to transplant bushes and trees, be aware of plants bought at home improvement centers and nurseries because chances are that the plants are "root bound".  This means that the roots in the pot have wrapped themselves around each other in the pot and are most likely trying to escape through the holes at the bottom.  The plant may otherwise look all right.

We've gotten plants that were root bound and we untangle the roots by beating on the ball with a garden claw.  We give it several good whacks all around the root ball.

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