How to Care for a Chinese Fringe Plant
The Chinese fringe plant is a flowering shrub, native to Asia. The fringe plant is a fast grower and will eventually reach 8 to 10 feet in height and 10 to 12 feet in width. There are two varieties of the plant, one that blooms with white flowers and the more commonly known variety, which has bright pink flowers. Gardeners use them as bedding plants or patio trees and the dwarf varieties are enjoyed as houseplants. The plant blooms in spring and summer and may continue throughout the fall. If you are looking for an attractive, low-maintenance plant, consider the Chinese fringe plant, which is hardy in Zones 7a to 10a.
Choose an area of your garden that gets lots of sunshine. If you live in a particularly hot climate, choose a spot that gets afternoon shade.
Amend the soil in the planting area by digging it to a depth of six inches, turning it and crushing any large clumps of soil. Add a 4-inch layer of compost and mix it in well with the soil. Plant the fringe plant so that the root ball is just above ground level. Add a 1- to 2-inch layer of mulch around the base of the plant.
Water the Chinese fringe plant when the top inch of soil is dry when you poke your finger into it. The leaves will wilt when the plant needs water, and bounce back after a deep watering.
Fertilize, using an azalea food, in early spring and then again in mid-summer.
Inspect the Chinese fringe plant frequently for spider mites. Use insecticidal soap for an infestation.