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How to Plant Pachysandra

By Melissa Lewis ; Updated September 21, 2017

Pachysandra, also known as Japanese Spurge, is a perennial evergreen plant that is usually grown as a ground cover. It is often used for erosion control on slopes and reaches about 10 inches tall and wide. Tiny white flowers bloom for a couple weeks in late March. Pachysandra can withstand a little sun; however too much sun can kill it, so it’s best to choose the shadiest area as possible to plant your pachysandra.

Weed the planting area. Use your hands to pull at the bottom of the weeds to get the roots. You can also use a three-prong weeding tool that you dig into the soil under the weed and pull up. It’s easiest to weed when the soil is slightly moist, like the day after a rain shower.

Rake the top 12 inches of your soil and mix in a couple inches of compost or peat moss which make the soil more conducive to water drainage. While pachysandra can tolerate most soil types, it does prefer well-draining soil.

Dig holes that are twice as wide and just as deep as the pachysandra’s current container. Space multiple pachysandras 6 to 12 inches apart.

Take the plant out of the container and set it in the hole. Backfill the soil and pack the soil until it is firm. Water well.

Mulch in between the plants so weeds do not grow again. Use mulch, such as pine needles or bark mulch. After the pachysandra fill in the area, you do not need to add any more mulch.


Things You Will Need

  • Weeding tool
  • Garden rake
  • Compost or peat moss
  • Trowel
  • Water
  • Mulch

About the Author


Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.