ajuga - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by buckwalterl
July 13, 2007
what is de best way to plant ajuga ? is bettter in the sun o shade and how many inchas apart.


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Answer from NGA
July 13, 2007

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Ajuga reptans is usually grown as a low maintenance groundcover plant. Spacing depends on how fast you want full coverage and your budget, but one to two feet apart is typical. Some cultivars mature into larger scaled plants than others, and some grow more quickly than others so that could also affect your spacing. Prepare the soil as you would for any plant, removing existing vegetation, loosening it and adding organic matter. Mulch between the plants with organic mulch to help keep the soil evenly moist and keep down weeds; it will also break down slowly over time to help feed the soil. Ajuga does well in a variety of locations from full sun (as long as the soil is not terribly dry) to shade and inbetween. In near perfect conditions such as rich, evenly moist soil and full morning sun it will fill in quickly. The best time to planbt would be early spring or early fall. Midsummer (now) is the most stressful time to plant. After planting water as needed to supplement rain to keep the soil evenly moist like a wrung out sponge while the plants become rooted and established. Once fully established, it should only need watering during extended dry spells.

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