The Growth Requirements of Abelia Home Plant

Abelia, a homegrown shrub, is commonly found in the Eastern region of Asia and Mexico. There are approximately 30 species of this plant. It is an evergreen plant, which has pointed leaves, arching branches and white or pink flowers. It can grow to a maximum height of 1.5 m. The blooming season of Abelia flowers is between July-August and this is the season, when this plant is at its best.

Generally, the height and width of an Abelia plant is about 10 and 12 feet respectively. However, there are instances wherein you can find the height and width of Abelia plant averages between 3-5 feet.

Growth Requirements
Just like any other plant, Sun is one of the basic necessities of Abelia. The importance of sunlight can be understood by the fact that there is far lesser foliage of Abelia in dark areas. During its established stage, soil or moisture doesn’t have much impact on the growth of this plant, as it is said to be a drought tolerant plant but until it reaches this stage it needs well-drained soil.

Procedure Required for the Growth of Abelia
Cover the upper layer of the soil with an organic material such as manure. Use a spade to mix the manure up to 12 inches into the soil. However, if the soil doesn’t drain properly, then you just need to add the organic material up to 6 inches into the soil.

  • Use a shovel for digging a hole. The hole need not be deeper than root ball of the shrub, but it needs to be at least two times wider. Avoid planting the shrub too deeply into the soil, as it makes the root of the plant vulnerable to rot.
  • Now carefully remove Abelia from the container and place the shrub into the hole, which was created by you sometime back. Fill the area around the root of shrub with the same soil, which you had dug to mix the organic material.
  • Another essential activity is mulching up of 2-3 inches of soil around the shrub. Over a period of time, mulch will start decomposing and it will then enrich the soil, which will indirectly benefit the plant.
  • Water Abelia properly such that there is never a point when the plant looks dried up. As said earlier, Abelia is a drought tolerant plant still we can’t just leave it to dry without water.
  • You need to fertilize Abelia in the month of February every year. Fertilizers have to be used for azaleas and rhododendrons and there application needs to be on the basis of manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • There is no particular month for pruning this plant, so whenever you feel like pruning it, get a pruner and start it right away.

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