Purple Pixie Care Instructions

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Purple Pixie Care

Purple Pixie Loropetalum is truly a new and unique plant. Try it as a cascading, mass planted groundcover; container plant; or hanging basket.

It can be a beautiful, durable, and low-maintenance addition to your landscape for many years to come. However, a little bit of special care is necessary when planting Purple Pixie.

For best results, please follow the Purple Pixie care instructions below.

1. When removing the container, it is important that you invert the plant, supporting the root ball with one hand, gently easing the container off the root ball with the other. Never pull the plant out of the container by grabbing the plant itself, as this will damage the root system and potentially lead to poor survival rates.

2. Make sure to plant Purple Pixie a little higher than original grade, perhaps an inch or so. Backfill to the root ball; then, gently lift the plant's limbs, and mulch up to the top of the root ball with a layer of mulch. Do not mulch heavily on top of the root ball, or you will increase the probability of problems.

3. Water thoroughly the first time to remove any air pockets and to settle the soil. Allow the surrounding soil to dry between waterings. This is particularly critical as Purple Pixie is very sensitive to over watering, as are most loropetalums. They do not like soggy soils. It is imperative that the soil be well drained, but capable of holding moisture.

4. Purple Pixie tends to retain deeper, richer foliage color when planted so that some light shade can protect it from the harsh, direct afternoon sun.

5. If these plants are being maintained in containers in a nursery setting, we suggest that you be careful not to overwater and that you place them in a somewhat protected environment.

We recommend that you follow these care guidelines for maximum performance from this truly unique and versatile plant.

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