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Growing Tamarix

Growing Tamarix

Showy Tamarix

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Hardy shrubs with a loose habit, scale-like, feathery leaves, reddish stems, and drooping flower plumes in summer. Good for borders, windbreaks, and informal flowering hedges. Hardy in zones 2 to 7. Plant bare root Tamarix in spring 4 to 8 weeks before the last frost. Prepare a hole 12 to 18 inches deep and wide amended with organic matter like compost. Plant with the roots slightly deeper than when grown in the nursery.

Maintenance

Adaptable plants for full sun to part shade in well-drained soils. Tolerates wet soils, drought, and salt. Responds well to pruning to maintain height, and can be cut back to the ground in late winter or early spring. Can be aggressive to invasive in mild winter climates (zones 8 to 10).

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

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).

Complimentary Products

Low to moderate feeders that benefit from occasional fertilization. Other hardy flowering shrubs include Forsythia, Genista, and Ninebark.

Tamarix Facts

Usually untroubled by pests or problems. Also called Saltcedar due to its salt tolerance and ability to excrete salt that plants accumulate.

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