Plants

Loropetalum

How much water does loropetalum need

Loropetalum is an evergreen shrub, with a very large stem and branches that can reach three meters in height. Loropetalum is a type of plant that tolerates periods of drought very well. In fact, unless the soil in which it is planted is not excessively arid, it is possible to avoid watering it. The important thing is that the roots are always in a humid environment in order to avoid excessive evaporation. To make the soil fresh it is possible to cover the base of the Loropetalum with a mulch layer. Similarly it happens for potted plants where the attention must be greater as during the summer the stem drying could occur. Obviously, on the other hand, excessive irrigation can also damage development as it would lead to the roots to rot.

How to grow Loropetalum


The cultivation of this shrub must be carried out without a shadow of a doubt in spring and autumn. But autumn is preferable especially if the place where we live reaches too cold temperatures. During the winter the Loropetalum has the possibility to develop a good root system, which takes root consistently and then blooms around March. This plant develops more in width than in height and therefore the hole in which it must be inserted must be very wide and deep enough. If the soil of our garden is not suitable for the cultivation of this shrub, it is possible to completely bury a pot so that the two soils are completely separated. For the plant to develop correctly and live for a long time, it is advisable that there is always good drainage.

How to fertilize the plant


Lorepetalum needs a slightly acidic type of soil, which must be rich in humus and particularly draining. It is important not to create water stagnation which would cause radical weakening.

It manages to develop decently even in a soil with a neutral pH, managing not to suffer losses neither in growth nor in foliage color. Loropetalum can grow very well in alpine areas where the soil is neither calcareous nor clayey. In recent years this variety of shrub has become very fashionable in small city gardens thanks to the persistence and colors of its leaves that create truly suggestive atmospheres.

As far as growth is concerned, it is rather slow, so pruning is a very limited operation that must be performed only on dry and damaged branches.

Diseases and treatments


Loropetalum is a type of plant that is rarely attacked by diseases or parasites. It can face problems concerning the root system due to stagnation or leaf chlorosis if the soil has an unsuitable pH. In sporadic cases it can be affected by aphids, other parasites and fungal diseases such as powdery mildew. Aphids are insects known as plant lice, they feed by sucking the sap of the shrubs they hit that dry out slowly. If you realize that an attack by these parasites is in progress you can pyrethrins, natural pyrethrum, imidacloprid, acetamiprid, pirimicarb. The powdery mildew, on the other hand, first creates small yellow spots on the leaves and then a dusty layer like fungal mycelium of white-gray color that prevents the development of the plant.

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