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How to Care for Viburnum

How to Care for Viburnum
Have you recently acquired a Viburnum or are you just interested in these flowering plants?
Viburnums are a large group of blooming shrubs. The flower clusters are often white, but some are pink. Some viburnums are evergreen and some are deciduous. Snowball viburnum, for example, are deciduous bushes. Viburnums come in all different sizes. These plants are easy to grow, drought tolerant, deer, pest, and disease resistant. The blooms are attractive to pollinators like butterflies and bees. Read on to learn how to care for viburnum.

How to Plant Viburnum

1. Water your potted viburnum thoroughly right before planting.
 
2. Dig a hole that is at least twice the size of the root ball of your viburnum plant.
 
3. Put your plant in the hole and backfill the soil around the rootball. If your soil isn’t great you can use up to 50% organic planting mix to amend it. Remember, your viburnum will need to acclimate to your natural soil so don’t overdo it with the amendment.
 
4. Tamp the soil down gently with your hands. Don’t use your feet as this can cause too much pressure and can compact the soil which isn’t good for your plant.
 
5. Apply a 1 to 2 layer of mulch in a mound around your plant. Pine bark or pine mulch is a great option since viburnums like slightly acidic soil. Mulch is a good way to help out new plants. It keeps your soil moist longer, reduces weeds that compete for water and nutrients away, and protects the roots of your viburnum.
 
6. Water deeply at the base of your plant. Allow the hose to run without an attachment for a couple minutes or until the ground is completely saturated.
 
7. Water 2 to 3 times per week for the first month after planting. Reduce to 1 to 2 times per week for the following month or 2 until your plant is established.
How to Plant Viburnum
How to Care for Viburnum

How to Care for Viburnum Correctly

Viburnum plants are very easy to care for once they are established. In fact they require little to no care once they are in the ground for a few months. Viburnum can grow in full sun or part shade. They prefer a well-drained, slightly acidic soil. If your soil is lacking nutrients or your bush doesn’t seem to be growing or flowering well, try slow release fertilizer in spring. This fertilizer is also safe to use at the time of planting. Viburnum do not require pruning, but they can handle heavy pruning if you prefer to prune in order to achieve a desired height or shape.

Now you know how to care for viburnum. You can see that Viburnum care is extremely easy after you get past the acclimation and establishment phase. In fact they require no maintenance after this period! Browse our selection of Viburnum on our online plant nursery and order one today! We love snowball viburnum (snowball bushes) and have several different types!
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