Shrubs & Hedges
Plant Care 101: Snowball Bush
The Snowball Viburnum Bush is an easy choice for a decorative or showcase piece in your garden. From borders or foundation plantings to hedging and beyond, the Viburnum is a showstopper. Especially since it thrives in full or partial sun, stands up to heat and drought, and blooms for weeks at a time. And though Snowball Viburnums look similar to Hydrangeas...they're quite different!
So, the Viburnum is easy to grow and elegant. Sounds too good to be true, right? We're serious when we say that it's almost a plant-and-forget kind of grower. But when it comes to the Snowball Viburnum, it's important to keep a few care tips in mind...check out our pointers for this stunning plant below!
How to Care for Your Snowball Bush
First, select an area with full or partial sun and well-drained soil for your Snowball Bush. Generally, this means any area that receives at least four hours of sunlight daily.
You can also plant your Snowball Bush, also known as the Chinese Snowball, in a container. If you do want to repot your Snowball for indoors or patio growth, select a container that's about twice the size of your plant's shipped container and ensure it has drainage holes. Use organic soil mix and place your plant in its pot.
Growing Snowball Viburnums
The Snowball doesn't require a lot of upkeep, but if you want it to grow above and beyond, a regular watering schedule is important.
If you're not sure when to water, check the surrounding soil with your finger, down to about 2 or 3 inches. If the soil is dry here, it's time to water your shrub.
When you do water, allow the water to fully soak into the ground or drain completely from the holes at the bottom of your pot. You should also reduce watering through the fall and winter to prevent overwatering.
Fertilizing Snowball Bushes
Feed your Snowball with a shot of a water-soluble, general-purpose fertilizer every two months from spring to fall. You can also use a well-balanced blend, like 10-10-10, and follow label instructions.
Pruning Snowball Viburnums and More
So, it really couldn't be easier to maintain your Snowball Bush. But we have a few more tips to ensure it grows big and strong:
- For ground-planted Snowball Viburnums, you can keep your soil moist by applying mulch to the surrounding area.
- If you choose to prune, do so after the flowers fall in summer. You can remove dead or damaged branching throughout the year.
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