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How to Grow Mahonia


Position – Part shade

Soil – Moist, well-drained

Flowering Period – Spring and Winter

Hardiness –  Hardy to fully hardy (dependent on variety)

About Mahonia

Mahonia are evergreen shrubs with dense textured and opulent pinnate leaves that alter in colour dependant on the time of year. Some are often followed by impressive black berries after the flowering period. Mahonia are best situated against banks and slopes within low maintenance groundcover or wildlife gardens. You should expect to see your shrubs grow to an approximate height of 1m (40”) and a spread of 1.5m (60”).

How to plant Mahonia

Mahonia are best planted in moist, well-drained soil of chalk, clay, sand and loam within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. Mahonia can be planted in the back of a border to create structural interest amongst companion plants. At the time of planting, you should add a small amount of bone meal or fish blood which will aid in the drainage and growing conditions of the soil. Mahonia are best positioned in an area of part shade, with protection from intense midday heat.

How to care for Mahonia

Provide an annual mulch with well-rotten garden compost – this will deter weeds and prevent the ground from freezing over during the winter. Mahonia are best left unpruned but you may undertake a light tidy up so that you can shape your shrub to a desired size. Mahonia do not require substantial amounts of water, but soil must be kept moist during periods of drought.

How to propagate Mahonia

It is possible to propagate Mahonia by seed. Alternatively, you can propagate by semi hardwood cuttings.

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