Ajuga Ground Cover – How To Grow And Care For Ajuga Plants?
How To Grow & Care For Ajuga Plant ?
The following are some tips to grow and care for ajuga plant:
1) Buy a good quality ground cover.
Avoid the cheap ones. They may not last long! You want one with thick leaves, strong stems, large flowers and big fruit.
Some of them have small fruits or no fruit at all!
2) Choose a soil type suitable for your soil.
Soil types vary from sandy to loamy. Sand is best suited for sandalwood plants; loam is better suited for other kinds of ground covers such as ajugas and datura. If you live in an area where it snows regularly, then you will need to use potting mix made especially for snow leopards, which is known as ‘Snow Leopard Pudding Mix’.
3) Water your ajuga plant when necessary.
Do not let it dry out completely between waterings. When watering, make sure that the soil is damp but not soggy. Never allow the soil to become so wet that it becomes hard or even clayey.
Too much moisture can cause root rot and death of your ajuga plant!
4) During the winter months, cut your ajuga back by at least half.
This will allow it to build up more strength to grow larger the following year. If you don’t cut it back, it may become ‘leggy’, that is, in the attempt to reach the sunlight it will grow tall and spindly, with few leaves. It can even get so spindly that it looks like chicken wire!
Also during this time, stop watering completely! This will allow the plant to rest and gather its strength for the coming year.
5) Also in the winter you should feed your ajuga.
But be careful not to feed it too much as this can cause a lot of problems! Only give it tiny amounts once a month from September to February (from March on, regular water and no feeding until next September!) At this time of year also, take cuttings from your ajuga if you want to multiply it.
6) Don’t ever allow your ajuga to get too much sun.
It can become sunburned and die if exposed to direct, bright sunlight for too long! If the weather gets very hot, then give it some shade and water it.
7) Prune your ajuga once a year during the winter months.
This will help to keep it under control.
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