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How to Plant Duranta

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Overview

Duranta--also known as golden dewdrops--is an evergreen shrub that blooms with blue, purple, white or lavender flowers during the spring, summer and fall months. It is a subtropical and tropical shrub that has up to 36 varieties available, the most common being Duranta repens and Duranta erecta.

Step 1

Prepare the planting site. Choose a location that is in full sun and amend the soil so that it is rich in nutrients and drains water well. Use a garden rake, tiller or hoe and turn over the top 18 to 24 inches of your soil. Mix in about 4 to 6 inches of organic matter. Compost, peat moss and even sand usually suffice.

Step 2

Dig a hole in your new soil. The hole should be just as deep as the Duranta's current container, but twice as wide. Plant multiple Duranta at least 3 feet apart; however, some varieties are smaller, especially if you prune to shape them, while others are larger.

Step 3

Take your Duranta out of its container. Keep the soil that surrounds it and set it in the hole so that the plant is straight.

Step 4

Back fill the soil. Once the hole is filled half way, water the soil so that it is slightly moist. After the water seeps in, pack it down to remove any air pockets. Then continue to fill the hole with soil until it is completely filled. Then water and pack down the soil again.

Step 5

Add mulch, if desired. A couple of inches of mulch, such as wood chips, bark or pine needles, will help retain water and help keep soil temperatures from fluctuating too much. Keep the mulch at least an inch from the Duranta's main stem because moisture can build up too much there and cause damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden rake, tiller or hoe
  • Organic matter
  • Water
  • Mulch

References

  • University of Florida
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About this Author

Melissa Lewis graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has written over 20 episodes for the radio drama entitled "A Work in Progress." She also writes for several online outlets, including Gardenguides, Travels and Examiner, and is currently finalizing a movie script to be filmed in 2010.