The Q&A Archives: Taking Care Of Sarcococcoa

Question: How do I take care of sarcococca?

Answer: Sarcococca, or sweet box, is naitve to the Himalayas and goorwn for the waxy dark green leaves and powerfully fragrant white flowers that bloom in late winter or early spring. Sarcococca appreciates loose, organically rich, well draining soil, and partial to full shade. S. hookerana is a low-growing plant, often used as groundcover in shady areas. S. ruscifolia is a shrubby plant, growing 4-6' high and 3-7' wide. The branches emerge from the crown of the plant and tend to fan out, producing an interesting pattern in the garden. All Sarcococca are easy-care plants; water as necessary, feed after new growth appears in the spring (in amounts listed on the fertilizer label), and prune back only to remove misplaced stems or branches.

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