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Kalmia Angustifolia


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Katsara02-Jul-00 02:07 PM EST   
H.H.Gardener02-Jul-00 11:52 PM EST   
Katsara03-Jul-00 02:42 AM EST   
H.H.Gardener04-Jul-00 12:39 AM EST   
Katsara15-Jul-00 01:59 AM EST   


Subject: Kalmia Angustifolia
From: Katsara
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Date: 02-Jul-00 02:07 PM EST

Does anyone here have any experience with Kalmia Angustifolia. I have one sitting on the patio waiting to be planted, but I want to make certain it goes in the right spot. (The thing did come with a tag but I lost it down the cracks of the patio deck.) What kind of fertilizer does it require? How much sun? How big does it grow? How large is its spread? Just anything at all would be most appreciated. Thanks!


Subject: RE: Kalmia Angustifolia
From: H.H.Gardener
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Date: 02-Jul-00 11:52 PM EST

Kalmia angustifolia (Lambkill or Sheep Laurel) grows 1 to 3 feet tall is considered an evergreen. It needs a site with a wet, acidic soil. Mix in Peat Moss to acidify the soil. It needs a permanently wet location, bog conditions would be good. It prefers a partly shady location. It produces purplish red or white blooms in late spring or early summer. Enjoy.


Subject: RE: Kalmia Angustifolia
From: Katsara
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Date: 03-Jul-00 02:42 AM EST

To HHGardener - Many thanks for info. I can tell you that finding the right location will be a bit of a challenge. We do receive our share of rain here in the NW, but we fall short of bogs. Still, now that I have the plant, I'll do my best to replicate the conditions it needs. The other part of the equation--Acidic soil and part-shade--I have in spades.

I was told that it is considered a "designer-plant." Hmm, it doesn't appear that way to me. Of course right now it just has its leaves.

If you or anyone else knows why it's considered so special, I'd sure appreciate hearing about it. Thanks again.


Subject: RE: Kalmia Angustifolia
From: H.H.Gardener
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Date: 04-Jul-00 12:39 AM EST

I really do not know why it is considered a designer plant, unless it one that is unusual in form or color. As for the bog condtions, as long as you supply the acidic soil with the part shade, and it gets plentiful moisture, it should do fine for you. You may have an area that does not drain as well as it should, that would be ideal also. I would not be able to grow it in my location. Good luck.


Subject: RE: Kalmia Angustifolia
From: Katsara
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Date: 15-Jul-00 01:59 AM EST

To: HHGardener - Update: Have since planted the kalmia on the north side of a south fence. I give it a good soaking almost daily and in just over a week, it looks well settled. BTW, I find this a great site, having as it does a host of knowledgeable people. Thx again, HHG.


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