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Firepower Nandina is a dwarf bush species that was developed in New Zealand by the New Zealand’s Nurserymen’s Association. This shrub is hardy and disease resistant, and is specifically known for its lime green leaves and superior red color that shows in the fall. This bush needs minimal care, which is great for the busy home gardener. Firepower Nandina is a very compact bush, only 2 feet wide by 2 feet tall at maturity. It grows well in either direct or partial sunlight, but its colors will be noticeably brighter with the greater amount of sun. The soil requirements for this bush are a reasonably rich, humus, acid soil, with a pH Range: 3.7 to 6.4.
Preferably the soil should be kept moist at all times, but Nandinas will survive a drought quite well. Once established, this is one of the toughest plants, adapting itself to a wide variety of conditions. One single Firepower Nandina can be used as a focal point in your smaller garden or flower bed due to its brilliant color in the fall, or can be planted in groups for a more dramatic effect.
How to Plant a Firepower Nandina: The first thing you want to do is pick the spot where you want your Nandina Plant. Once the location is picked out, you can begin to dig. Dig the hole at least 2 times as deep as the pot the plant came in, and also 2-3 times as wide as well. Now that your hole is prepared, fill the base of the hole with your top soil. This provides soft dirt for the roots of the plant to spread and grow much easier. Carefully lift the plant out of its container and gently beat the bottom of the plant on the ground to loosen up the roots.
When you first pull the plant out, the roots will be tightly packed from being stuck in the tight container. Place the plant in the hole, and fill around the edges with some more topsoil. It is recommended that you place mulch around each plant to help retain moisture and keeps the weeds away. Water your plant generously for the first couple of days to help it establish itself in its new home.