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Elf Mountain Laurel Shrubs
Kalmia Latifolia 'Elf'
Kalmia latifolia (Elf Mountain Laurel Shrubs) is semi-dwarf evergreen laurel with light pink flowering and white overtones. These clusters of pink buds bloom in May, gradually opening to whiter flowers. Its leaves are long and narrow, with smaller foliage - a good plant for groupings, especially in a semi-shade woodland garden.
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|3 Gallon Pot||$79.95|
Espoma Bio-Tone Starter Plus
4 LB Bag
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4 LB Bag
Soil Soaker Hose
25 Feet Long
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Elf Mountain Laurel Shrubs for Sale Online
Kalmia latifolia Elf, aka Dwarf Mountain Laurel, flowers in May and are light pink with white overtones and pink center. The leaves of Elf Mountain Laurel Shrubs are long, narrow, deep evergreen.
|Mature Height:||2 to 3 Feet|
|Mature Width:||2 to 4 Feet|
|Classification:||Broadleaf evergreen shrub, flowers in May|
|Sunlight:||Part sun to part shade|
|Habit:||Upright, great for naturalizing|
|Flower Color:||Light pink buds with white flowers|
|Pruning Season:||Prune lightly after bloom to promote bushy growth|
|Soil Condition:||Moist, rich, acidic, humusy, well-drained soils|
|Water Requirements:||Water well until established|
|Uses:||Tolerates moist soil and partial shade or full sun|
How to Care for Elf Mountain Laurel Shrubs
Before you buy an Elf Mountain Laurel Shrubs, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and thriving.
How do I plant an Elf Mountain Laurel Shrub?
We suggest when planting your newly purchased Kalmia latifolia Elf Mountain Laurel Shrubs that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil, you may need to add a locally-sourced compost or topsoil to the backfill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a backfill soil for Elf Mountain Laurel because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Elf Mountain Shrubs spread through the loose, nutrient-rich soil much easier than if you used solely the existing soil, which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant too deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole.
How do I water Kalmia Latifolia Elf Mountain Laurel Shrubs?
After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Kalmia latifolia Elf a good, deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example, a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5; a three gallon pot would be 15; and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks.
How do I fertilize Elf Dwarf Mountain Laurel?
Azalea's such as Kalmia Elf Mountain grow best if they are fertilized lightly in the spring once frost has passed with a well-balanced, extended-release, fertilizer such as Espoma Holly-tone. Fertilize Mountain Laurel again 6 to 8 weeks later to encourage extra flowers or faster growth of young shrubs. Either chemical fertilizers or organic matter can be used successfully with Kalmia latifolias. Since an organic method of applying manure and/or compost around the roots, produces excellent results and also improves the condition of the soil, this would be an excellent first line of attack. Organic additions to the soil can also be combined with a shot of chemical fertilizer for maximum effect.
How do I mulch Kalmia latifolia Dwarf Elf Mountain Laurels?
We highly recommend that you mulch your Elf Mountain Laurel Kalmia Latifolia with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do, but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away that will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3-inch layer of mulch is sufficient, but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. It's better to leave a one-inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.