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Soft Caress Mahonia Shrubs for Sale Online
Mahonia Soft Caress shrubs have everything we love about Mahonia, without the pesky thorns! Compact enough to use in containers, yet large enough for foundation plantings or borders, these tough plants provide fabulous texture to the shade garden.
|Mature Height:||2.5 to 3 Feet|
|Mature Width:||2.5 to 3 Feet|
|Classification:||Broad leaved evergreen flowering shrub, early winter flowering|
|Sunlight:||Part sun to shade|
|Habit:||Densely branched, mounding|
|Flower Color:||Bright yellow flowers|
|Foliage:||Bamboo like foliage, evergreen|
|Soil Condition:||Any well drained soil|
|Water Requirement:||Water well until established|
|Uses:||Extremely attractive when used as a focal point in the mixed shade border, mass planting, or a specimen planting|
How to Care for Soft Caress Mahonia
After purchasing your Soft Caress Mahonia Plant, be sure to read our recommended care instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant for years to come.
How do I plant my Soft Caress Mahonia Plant?
We suggest when planting your newly purchased Soft Caress Mahonia plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Soft Caress Mahonia to 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.
How Often should I water my Soft Caress Mahonia?
After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Soft Caress Mahonia 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. Gator bag Jr. can be used to help aid in this process and also provide plants with a good soaking due to the slow release of the water into the root-zone of the plant. Soaker Hoses can also be used to water when planting a long hedge.
What Type Of Mulch Should I Be Using with my Mahonia Soft Caress?
We highly recommend that you mulch your Soft Caress Mahonia 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 which 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. Its better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the Soft Caress Mahonia.
When Should I Prune My Soft Caress Mahonia?
The most important reason for pruning Soft Caress Mahonia is to improve the overall health of the plant. Removing the dead and dying limbs will minimize the possibility of diseases such as “dieback” and will also allow the plant to re-concentrate its energies. Severe pruning should be done just after the plant has finished blooming. In some instances where the required pruning would be drastic, the pruning may be done towards the end of summer even if the plant has not finished blooming.