Growing Mockorange

Growing Mockorange

Snow Dwarf Mockorange

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A hardy flowering shrub with attractive, citrus-scented flowers. Good for background planting, as a specimen plant, or in areas where the scent can be enjoyed. Hardy in zones 4 to 7. Plant in spring after the danger of frost has passed. Prepare a hole about 12 to 18 inches deep and wide. Amend the soil with compost or other organic matter and plant with the roots at the same depth as in the pot.

Maintenance

For full sun. Prefers moist soil with a high organic matter content. Usually needs minimal pruning, but can be pruned to shape plants after flowering. If plants get overgrown or suffer from weak flowering, remove up to a third of the older stems at ground level to encourage new growth.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use low rates of Gromax Fertilizer Tablets 20-10-5 (51165), Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085), or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221).

Alternative Products

Other hardy shrubs with fragrant flowers include Butterfly Bush, Lilac, and Ruby Spice Summersweet (20307).

Complimentary Products

Moderate feeders that benefit from occasional fertilization. Perennials with fragrant flowers include Dianthus and Peonies.

Product Recommendations

Chickity Doo Doo 5-3-2.5 (74559) or Black Gold Earthworm Castings (54307) can be used to amend soil at planting.

Mockorange Facts

Usually not seriously troubled with pests or problems. Aphids, leaf miners, scale, canker, leaf spot, powdery mildew, and rust sometimes affect plants. New Snow Dwarf Mockorange (20710) is a naturally dwarf hybrid variety developed in Ottawa, Canada.

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