The Q&A Archives: Planting Directions For Dwarf Crimson Barberry Shrub

Question: What are planting directrions for dwarf crimson barberry shrubs?

Answer: These shrubs would be planted just as any other container grown or bare root plant, they require no special steps. Select a location in a sunny spot with good drainage -- this particular plant will not tolerate a soggy soil location. Dig a hole about three times as wide and barely deeper than the root ball. Amend the soil with additional organic matter if you wish (about a third by volume) and then plant. If the roots are wound around and around inside the pot then you will need to loosen them so they can grow outward into the soil. Be sure the rootball is set so that the soil surface is no deeper than it was when the plant was in the pot -- if anything, raise it a half inch or so. Return all of the soil to hole -- it will settle over time. Firm the soil gently but thoroughly all around the rootball and water thoroughly. Cover the surrounding area with several inches of organic mulch but do not allow it to touch the stem. Be sure the soil stays moist but not soggy until the ground freezes. Next summer be sure the plant receives water regularly from either the hose or the sky.

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