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Is Holly Tone good for pachysandra?

Last Updated: 18th January, 2020

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Pachysandra does well in a good, loose, fertile soil with an acidic pH under 6.0. Fertilizers for acid-loving plants such as Holly-Tone can be amended into the soil sparingly in spring each year to help with new growth. No other plant can give a complete satisfaction that Pachysandra does.

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Likewise, what is the best fertilizer for pachysandra?

Fertilize for Foliage Although pachysandra plants do produce tiny clusters of white flowers in late spring, their main ornamental feature remains the evergreen foliage. Therefore, any fertilizer product with a balanced formulation, such as 8-8-8 or 12-12-12, suffices.

Furthermore, what plants can I use Holly tone on? Holly-tone ® is a fertilizer designed to feed plants that prefer to live in acidic soils. Some examples of acid-loving plants are: azalea, dogwood, rhododendron, ferns, hemlock, holly, hydrangea, juniper, arborvitae, magnolia, Japanese Andromeda (pieris), pachysandra, vinca and many other evergreens.

Then, is Holly Tone good for magnolia trees?

Espoma's Holly-tone is an organic and natural fertilizer that's not just for Hollies. It can be used for any acid-loving plants, such as blueberries, camellias, rhododendrons, evergreens, hydrangeas and more. It's important to fertilize your plants twice a year – in early spring and late fall.

Can I use Holly tone in the summer?

Apply coffee grounds sparingly during the first few months; feel free to spread them on the soil around your plant whenever you wish after that. Both Holly-Tone Fertilizer and coffee grounds will lower the soil pH, producing blue blooms on your Endless Summer Hydrangea.

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Rodovica Maskort

Professional

How do you encourage pachysandra to spread?

The plant actually spreads by underground runners, and it is true that a light shearing or pinching in early spring can encourage the plants to send up more runners and thus thicken the planting faster. This can be done by hand or in some cases with a lawn mower.

Willa Kreutziger

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Should I mulch pachysandra?

Pachysandra prefers soil that is moist but well-drained, shaded, and well amended with organic matter. Newly planted Pachysandra needs some mulch to retain moisture, but mulch is not necessary once the plant is established. Once the Pachysandra spreads and fills in, no more mulch should be needed.

Yuniel Vantenkov

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Should you cut back pachysandra?

Pachysandra does not require however benefits from an annual pruning in early spring. Small beds of Pachysandra can be pruned by using bypass hand pruners to cut plants back by half their height in early spring. Large beds of Pachysandra can be mowed to a height of 4 inches in early spring, when plants are dry.

Silveria Gamo

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Should you rake leaves out of pachysandra?

Too many gardeners allow the leaves to accumulate in the fall, especially over areas where pachysandra is thriving. A good stiff raking, or in some cases leaf blowing, to remove heavy leaf cover is practical in the fall. Then the pachysandra will go into winter free of its smothering blanket.

Asun Detsenko

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What is the fastest growing ground cover?

Best, Fast-Growing Ground Cover Plants
  • Golden Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia)
  • Mazus (Mazus reptans)
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  • Creeping Thyme (Thymus Serpyllum coccineus)
  • Big Root Geraniums (Geranium macrorrhizum)
  • Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
  • Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum)

Lucas Daban

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How do you maintain pachysandra?

Fertilize newly planted pachysandra at planting time or in the spring by sprinkling some fertilizer on the soil around each plant if you have not already mixed it into the soil when preparing the planting bed. Avoid getting it on the leaves. Use a handful of fertilizer for every 4 square feet or so of pachysandra bed.

Moumen Bescansa

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Can you mow pachysandra?

Mow pachysandra beds in early spring after the last predicted frost for your area and before new growth emerges. Set your mower as high as possible. A good early springtime mowing encourages branching and serves to rejuvenate pachysandra, greatly improving its appearance for the remainder of the year.

Arnelio Este

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What's killing my pachysandra?

Leaf blight can be a very destructive disease on pachysandra. The disease is caused by the fungus Volutella pachysandrae, and may be worse where plants are under stress. Infected leaves and stems exhibit brown blotches on leaves and/or brown shriveled stems.

Williams Dreseler

Pundit

What is the best fertilizer for holly trees?

Choosing a Fertilizer
The ideal soil pH for holly is between 5.0 and 6.0. Use dolomitic limestone to raise the soil's pH and elemental sulfur to lower it. The best fertilizer for the holly bush is acid-based, such as 4-6-4 or 4-3-4.

Johnna Moewis

Pundit

Is Holly Tone good for azaleas?

For established azaleas, use Holly-tone in spring and late fall. Spring feeding helps develop new growth and the production of new flower buds. Holly-tone is long-lasting so you'll only need to fertilize twice in a season.

Jianping Dircksen

Pundit

Can you use holly tone on boxwoods?

Most evergreens need to be fed Holly-tone, an organic fertilizer for acid-loving plants. But, boxwood — and arborvitaes — are evergreen shrubs that are not acid-loving plants. So, they need an all-purpose plant food. Plus, feeding these shrubs in early spring helps them fight off disease all season.

Paramjeet Oberdorc

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Can you use holly tone on hydrangeas?

Craving hydrangeas super-saturated with blue color? Feed hydrangeas regularly with Espoma Holly-tone. Holly-tone fertilizer for acid loving plants also lowers your soil's pH. Plus, a well-fed hydrangea will have bigger, better blooms.

Giovana Pirla

Teacher

Does Holly Tone go bad?

The general answer is no, fertilizer does not go bad if it is properly stored. Fertilizer is made up of a variety of natural minerals and elements that do not break down over time allowing you to store your unused fertilizer from year to year.

Elina Bon

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What is the best fertilizer for magnolia trees?

Type of Fertilizer
Fertilizer labeled 12-4-8 contains 12 percent nitrogen, 4 percent phosphorous and 8 percent potassium. A 10-pound bag of this fertilizer would have 1.2 pounds of nitrogen. An appropriate fertilizer for a magnolia tree would be 12-4-8 or 20-5-10.

Arrate Mingot

Reviewer

Where is the best place to plant a magnolia tree?

Magnolias prefer a spot in the garden that receives full sun to light shade. That said, if you live in a particularly warm or dry climate, your magnolia might benefit from a location shaded from the hot afternoon sun.

Jinli Tons

Reviewer

When should I feed my holly bush?

When to Feed Holly Shrubs
The optimum times for holly fertilization are spring and fall. Fertilize in spring just as the shrubs begin to put on new growth. Wait until growth stops for fall fertilization.

Issaka Garcia De Marina

Reviewer

How often can you use holly tone?

Holly-tone is a granular slow-release fertilizer that's best applied twice per year, first around Tax Day and the second time around Thanksgiving.

Anayansi Waroux

Reviewer

Can I use Miracle Grow on hydrangeas?

It's also important to prune hydrangeas after they blossom so that the shrubs can develop next year's flower buds. Hydrangeas also require fertilization to thrive; however, they don't require special fertilization. All-purpose Miracle-Gro fertilizer is well suited for hydrangeas.

Eladia Glickin

Supporter

When should I fertilize my boxwoods?

When to Fertilize Boxwood
Higher elevations require a second round of fertilizer in early to mid-summer. Never fertilize a boxwood in late summer, however, as this can encourage late growth that can be damaged by frost. You can fertilize newly planted boxwood in late fall, if necessary, to promote root growth.