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Planting Instructions for the Oyster Plant
Plant in spring, summer, or fall, spacing plants 2 feet apart or closer if you want a hedge line. Dig a hole only as deep as the root ball and 2 to 3 times as wide. If your soil is in very poor condition, amend the soil you've removed from the hole with a small amount of compost. Otherwise don't amend it at all. Carefully remove the plant from the container and set it in the hole. Fill the hole half full with soil, then water it well to settle the soil and eliminate air pockets. Let the water drain, then fill the remainder of hole with soil and water thoroughly.
Care for the Oyster Plant
If the area is very dry, add top soil to the hole when you plant. Otherwise, no soil amendment is needed. No trimming is necessary, other than edging to keep it neat and tidy. You may need to thin the bed out every couple of years - removing older plants to let young ones fill in. Dwarf oyster plant is considered drought-tolerant once it's established. This plant will do best with regular irrigation and enough time between watering for the soil to go dry. Be sure the planting area drains well. In a partly shaded area, the soil takes longer to dry out, and these are succulent ground covers that won't take "wet feet."
About The Oyster Plant
A nice, slow-spreading plant, oyster prefers a part sun to part shade location to look its best. With its subtly attractive texture and color, dwarf oyster has a neat appearance in a dense bed and works well in formal or casual landscapes.
There is a showy variegated form called 'Tricolor' with leaves of pink-fuschia, green and white.
How To Care For The Oyster Plant
It's ideal under small palms like the pygmy date palm, or it can be used as border plants for beds.