Water thoroughly at the time of planting and weekly thereafter until the end of the first growing season.

When allowed to mature, where hardy, the bark develops attractive patterning with flakes of cream, pink and tan. There are three botanical names: Eugenia paniculata, Syzygium paniculatum, and Eugenia myrtifolia. To keep your Eugenia garden hedge growing and fruiting optimally, give it 10-10-10 fertilizer in the spring.

Locate a planting area that receives partial to full sun. Many shrubs can be regularly sheared to keep them shaped as a hedge, edging or formal foundation planting. Become a member of the exclusive club and join the gardening elite. Grow eugenia (Syzygium paniculatum formerly called Eugenia myrtifolia) in your landscape as a hedge for privacy or prune it into a spiral as a topiary. Eugenia is not picky about soil type, but it should not sit in standing water. Space eugenia plants 3 to 5 feet apart to encourage their branches to mingle together and form a solid hedge. If the top 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, or plants are wilted, it is time to water. Come out from the house 3 feet.If you're planting along a drive or walk, come in 3 feet or more. Water on a regular basis but give the plant time to dry out a bit between waterings. in history from the University of Maryland and has training experience in finance, garden center retailing and teaching English as a second language. The ultimate guide to low-maintenance plants, ©2020 South-Florida-Plant-Guide.com Eugenia is not invasive in California. Water the plant well then add a 2” (5cm) layer of mulch, such as shredded bark, around the planting area. Choose a location that will allow roots to spread and branches to grow freely. © Copyright 2020 Hearst Communications, Inc. If soil does not drain well amend it by spreading compost 5 inches deep on the area where you wish to plant. This enriches the soil and loosens the existing dirt so that new roots can spread easily. A single application can often provide plants with the proper level of nutrition all season long. A partially sunny site is ideal. Eugenia shrubs spaced 10 feet apart can still provide some privacy and will have a more open, airy and welcoming feel than a solid wall of Eugenia. Once established, eugenia is drought-tolerant and requires watering only during extreme periods of no rain. Pruning may be needed to remove dead branches, encourage bushier growth, promote more flowers, or maintain a specific size or shape.

It grows in clay and sandy soils as well as acidic or alkaline soils. Insert the plant into the hole and press soil firmly around the roots. © Copyright 2020 Hearst Communications, Inc. Ready-to-use insecticidal soap or horticultural oil. I’m still trying to figure out why. Plants in containers can dry out quickly, depending on the weather, and may need water more frequently than plants in the garden bed. He holds a B.A. Fully insured - see Certificate 1 and Certificate 2

Eugenia is one of South Florida's finest hedge or privacy plants - great-looking, fast-growing, dense, and hardy. If leaves curl up, water your Eugenia hedge deeply, as this is the shrub’s way of telling you that it’s thirsty.