Excellent Japanese Andromeda Garden Plants
Japanese andromeda garden plants are excellent choice for landscaping your garden. The foliage changes color throughout the seasons, and in late summer or fall, long, dangling clusters of colorful flower buds appear. The buds open into dramatic, creamy-white blossoms in spring. The ever-changing face of these garden plants can an asset to any garden. Japanese andromeda garden plants grows in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 through 9. The best Japanese andromeda growing conditions include a site with full to partial shade and rich, well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter and an acidic pH. Plant Japanese andromeda in spring or fall. Water immediately after planting. If you are planting more than one shrub, allow 6 or 7 feet between them to encourage good air circulation. Japanese andromeda is susceptible to a number of fungal diseases, good air circulation will go a long way toward preventing them. Water the shrub often enough to keep the soil lightly moist at all times. Water slowly, allowing the soil to soak up as much moisture as possible.
Fertilize in winter and early summer with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving plants, using the amount recommended on the package. Fertilizers designed for azaleas and camellias are ideal. Japanese andromeda garden plants grow to a height of 10 feet unless you plant compact varieties. It has a naturally attractive shape, and it’s best to let it grow without pruning as much as possible. If you need to neaten the plant, however, do so after the flowers fade.