A colorful, dwarf, native plant that has lots of appeal, Festivus Gold® ninebark is an improved ‘Dart’s Gold’ with a chunky, compact growth habit and thicker, heavier stems. The result is a sturdy plant with lots of easy color. It maintains its yellow color throughout the season. It has excellent color, habit, and disease resistance.
Light: Thrives in full sun, which is 6 or more hours of direct exposure to the sun per day. It can grow in part sun, which is 4-6 hours of sun each day, or filtered light all day. It won’t be quite as robust or have the most colorful foliage.
Soil: Adaptable to most soil types and moisture levels. Thanks to its good disease resistance, it doesn’t get powdery mildew as easily in moist areas as other ninebarks.
Water: Average water needs. A layer of mulch helps keep the soil evenly moist, although it does well in both moist and dry conditions.
Fertilizing: If desired, fertilize in early spring using a granular (not liquid) fertilizer formulated for woody plants, like a rose fertilizer. One application a year is sufficient in most areas. However, if you are starting with a very small plant, you may wish to fertilize monthly through late July to encourage more rapid growth.
Pruning: Regular pruning is not necessary. If any shaping is desired, do so just after the plant has flowered in the spring. Be careful not to prune too much, as this may give the plant a strange habit. Periodic rejuvenation pruning is recommended. Every three to five years, remove a portion of the oldest, thickest branches all the way back to the ground. It’s best to do this process in the late winter before the plant breaks dormancy.
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