How to Plant Ajuga

Overview

Ajuga plants are most commonly known as ground cover plants that provide shade for other plants or help to eliminate weeds. Ajuga is tolerant of the majority of soil, but grows best in moist soil with the aid of organic material. Once it is fully grown the plant must be controlled so that it spread rapidly over parts of your lawn or garden where you don't want it to appear. The plant is a bugleweed cultivar and features glossy purple leaves that produce a mint fragrance. It's important when caring for ajuga plants to not let the soil get flooded as ajuga is especially susceptible to crown rot.

Step 1

Find a location in your yard that has well-draining soil that doesn't become easily flooded from rainfall. Improve the drainage of the soil by adding organic material, which can include dead leaves, grass clippings, peat moss, manure and compost.

Step 2

Dig a hole that is 2 to 3 inches deep, or deep enough so that the root ball is covered at soil level. Insert the seedling and then pack the soil around tightly so that there are no air pockets present.

Step 3

Water the seed bed immediately using 1 cup of water or until at least 1 inch of the soil is moist. Don't water when the soil is still moist or cool. The plant will grow quicker in warm soil, so it's best to only water when the soil is dry.

Step 4

Continue spreading more organic material or mulch when the soil gets extremely dry or after 6 weeks of growth. Make sure the check the leaves as the sprout for any brown spots and the root for discoloration that could be caused by an overabundance of water.

Step 5

Water the soil when it's dry in the winter if you leave in area that doesn't have freezing temperatures. However, if you live in area that experiences freezing temperatures then you don't need to water the plant at as it will become dormant and grow again during the middle of spring.

Things You'll Need

  • Ajuga seedling
  • Organic material

References

  • Ajuga Growing Information
  • Ajuga reptans 'Atropurpurea'
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