Once established, blue rug juniper will tolerate a wide range of conditions, including subzero temperatures, drought, heat and salt air.
Things You'll Need
- Organic matter
- Pruning shears
- Garden hose
Choose a site with good drainage and acidic soil. The color of blue rug juniper will intensify in sandy soil, and it prefers full sun. They don't do well as an understory plant. They also need room to spread out. Although they only grow 6 inches tall, they grow 5 to 6 feet wide. When planting more than one, space them 4 to 5 feet apart.
Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball and as deep as the container. Mix some organic material (peat moss, leaf mold, manure or compost) into the soil that has been removed. The ratio should be 1/3 organic matter to 2/3 soil.
Remove the plant from its container. If the roots are a dense mass, score the root ball deeply in three places with the pruning shears. Prune any visible damaged roots. Place the shrub in the planting hole. It should be planted at the same depth it was in the container.
Fill in around roots with the mix. When you have filled in the hole half way, fill the planting hole with water. As it drains, it will settle the planting mix around the roots. Continue filling in the hole and water again.
Check the moisture level of the soil for the next few weeks. and water as needed. The soil should be moist but not wet. Once your blue rug juniper is established it will be drought tolerant.
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