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Care of the plant Philadelphus coronarius or Mock Orange.

Care of the plant Philadelphus coronarius or Mock Orange

The genus Philadelphus, family Hydrangeaceae, includes 50 species of shrubs native to Central and North America, Asia, and eastern Europe. Some species and hybrids are: Philadelphus coronarius, Philadelphus x virginalis, Philadelphus × purpureomaculatus, Philadelphus delavayi, Philadelphus lewisii, Philadelphus × lemoinei.

Common names: Mock Orange, Sweet mock orange or English dogwood. This species is native to southeastern Europe and Asia Minor.

They are deciduous shrubs with flexible branches that reach 4 meters in height. The leaves are opposite, dark green in color and with a toothed or entire margin. The showy, scented white flowers appear in bunches. They bloom in late spring and early summer.

They are used to form informal hedges, in bushy groups and as isolated specimens.

Philadelphus coronarius grows in full sun or semi-shade exposure. They prefer temperate climates and resist occasional frosts.

They do well in normal garden soil with a little compost or manure.

Water regularly, waiting until the substrate has almost dried; water once a week increasing watering in summer.

Fertilize every 20 days in spring and summer with mineral fertilizer and once in autumn with compost or manure.

Prune lightly after flowering.

They are plants quite resistant to pests and diseases but sensitive to mites if they suffer prolonged drought in summer.

They are propagated by cuttings after flowering.

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Philadelphus coronarius
Philadelphus coronarius
Philadelphus coronarius
Philadelphus coronarius
 

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