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Planting Instructions for Ceratostigma (plumbago):

Bloom Time:  Late summer and fall Light: Part sun to light shade
Soil:  Average to rich, moist but well-drained Moisture:  Average to slightly moist but drought tolerant
Planting Depth:  Plant with all of the underground runners at least 1" below the soil Spacing:  15 to 18"

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Ceratostigma (plumbago) likes to be slightly dry when dormant so make sure there isn't any condensation inside the bag, otherwise just keep it sealed and plant everything within a few days.

Soil/Location:  Plant plumbago in any average to rich, moist but well-drained soil in light sun to light shade.

Moisture:  Plumbago likes some occasional moisture but is drought tolerant once established. Water once after planting and then water sparingly if the soil dries out.

Spacing: 15 to 18" apart or more, will spread to form a dense groundcover

Depth:  Plumbago spreads underground by creeping runners, forming a dense groundcover. Plant so that all of the underground runners are covered by about 1" of soil, though some can be planted deeper without any problem.

General Instructions:  Amend your garden with compost or peat humus to enrich the soil, if needed. Ceratostigma grows fine in just about any well-draining soil, but giving them some good compost will help them grow and flower better. Mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the planting hole and plant at the depth listed above. After planting you can water in once really good and then they won't need to be watered again until well after they are sprouted and actively growing. Once growing only water if the soil is completely dried out.

Landscape Uses:  Plant plumbago at the front of the perennial border or as a fast growing groundcover in the shrub border. It also works well in rock gardens or with other tough perennials such as Sedum and daylilies.

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