Topiary Tips

Topiary Tips

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Water

Topiaries require daily watering in Spring, Summer and Fall months in Florida, and a minimum of 3-4 times per week in the Winter months. Improper watering will result in browning of leaves and die-back of branches. We encourage customers to re-pot topiaries into larger containers, using moisture control soil mixtures, in order to reduce potential damage from lack of water.

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Sun

Topiaries are for outdoor use only, preferring full to partial sun, and requiring a minimum of 4-5 hours of direct sunlight each day. Plants will defoliate if brought inside or planted in the shade

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Temperatures

Eugenia topiaries are recommended for Zones 9-11.
As a general rule, topiaries should be sheltered or covered when temperatures are expected to drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit

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Fertilization

Fertilize at least three to four times a year with a complete formula, e.g. 13-13-13 or 18-6-8. Keep in mind that different fertilizers may be more soluble, or “hotter” than others, potentially damaging roots. Always test new fertilizers by initially applying lower rates in order to determine the plant’s tolerance to the brand of fertilizer used.

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Spacing

Please ensure proper spacing for the plant in the landscape. Proper spacing should allow for sufficient light and air flow around plants. Leaves should not touch other plants or objects. Improper spacing may cause disease and leaf drop either due to insufficient light or due to leaves remaining too wet as a result of improper air flow around the plant.