With its lushful foliage and light pink flowers, the Rhaphiolepis indica looks quite amazing! Here’s all you need to know about Planting Indian Hawthorn.
Indian Hawthorn is a low-maintenance shrub with clusters of beautiful pink flowers. The plant looks stunning in gardens and hedges. If you want to grow this specimen, here’s all the information on Planting Indian Hawthorn.
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How to Plant Indian Hawthorn
It is best to purchase a plant from a local nursery. You can either plant it in a container or directly grow it in the garden soil.
Best Indian Hawthorn Varieties
Blueberry Muffin, Georgia Charm, Clara, Indian Princess, Little Pinkie, Snow-white are some of the best varieties you can grow.
Growing Requirements for Indian Hawthorn
Indian hawthorn requires full sun to partial shade to thrive happily. Always choose a sunny spot where it can avail 5-6 hours of full sunlight. Keep it at a sunny west or south-facing window if growing indoors.
It appreciates consistently moist soil. Check the moisture by checking the topsoil, and if it feels dry, then water deeply. Once established, the plant asks for minimal watering attention.
Amend the soil quality of the garden by adding some compost or manure if it is heavy clay or sandy. Don’t worry if the garden soil is slightly alkaline, as it can withstand salty soil and does well in the pH ranging from 6.0 to 7.5. For containers, any good quality potting soil will work.
Since Indian hawthorn is native to the subtropical and moderate climates of Asia, it does well in the Indian climate too. It loves the climate where winters are mild and has the ability to withstand a temperature as low as 5° C.
You can feed the plant with a general-purpose fertilizer. It ensures sturdy growth and dark green foliage year-round. Do refer to the instruction label for dosage.
The plant rarely requires regular pruning. Indian hawthorn pruning is generally done after the flowering period. Also, remove dead or damaged branches periodically for better growth.