Mock Orange is a deciduous shrub commonly used to create lush flowering hedges, but this plant also makes a wonderful container plant. Featuring Mock Orange in containers makes it possible to enjoy the sweet-smelling flowers up close on a deck or patio while giving you the flexibility to relocate the plant as needed. Frame an entryway with potted Mock Orange on either side of a door or line a patio for privacy. Mock Orange requires a wide, sturdy container due to its large size and upright growth habit.
Planting Mock Orange in Pots
Mock Orange can be planted in pots at any time of the year, although fall and spring are the easiest times to plant this shrub. Select a large container at least 24-inches wide, so the roots have plenty of room to grow. You can choose a planter material based on the look, but keep in mind that porous materials, like unglazed ceramic and terra cotta, will dry out more quickly and need water more often. For areas with cold winters, choose a planter material that is frost-proof and resistant to cracking. The container must have a drainage hole so that excess water can drain.
Best Soil For Mock Orange in Pots
Mock Orange prefers all-purpose potting soil high in organic content, which will set this plant up for success. Choose a fluffy potting soil that drains well, as Mock Orange does not like soggy conditions. Add organic mulch around the base of the plant to add extra nutrients to the plant and support new growth.
Caring For Mock Orange in Planters
Plants in containers have similar needs to plants grown in the ground, and Mock Orange is no exception. Place the container in a spot that receives partial shade to full sun. Select a potting soil high in organic content with good drainage. Potted Mock Orange needs a regular water routine to keep the plant hydrated and actively pushing out new growth.
Watering Mock Orange in Pots
Newly potted Mock Orange plants have high water needs. Water them when the top inch or two of soil is dry to the touch. Established plants grown in containers will continue to require regular watering. Rain can support Mock Orange in containers, but be prepared to step in and water the plant when the top few inches of soil dry out. Feeling the soil is usually the best way to gauge the dryness level and determine the best time to water.
Fertilizing Mock Orange in Pots
Feeding Mock Orange can keep the plant lush and full of flowers. Routine watering of containers leaches out the nutrients in the soil. To replace them, apply a water-soluble fertilizer during a watering session each month. Use a balanced or nitrogen-rich, water-soluble fertilizer to support new growth.
Winter Care For Mock Orange in Pots
Mock Orange is a deciduous shrub that grows in USDA zones 4 through 11, depending on the cultivar. Potted plants need to be sheltered from severe winter storms and cold temperatures; otherwise, this plant does not need much winter care. In areas prone to cold temperatures, relocate the plant to a protected area, such as a porch or garage until the temperatures rise.
Growing Mock Orange Indoors
Mock Orange is not an ideal houseplant because it is deciduous and will drop its leaves in the fall. Mock Orange needs a period of cold dormancy to regroup for the next growing season, and does not actively grow during the winter. You can bring your container into a protected space like a garage or greenhouse if the temperature falls below this shrub’s hardiness rating.
Author Alison Cotsonas - Published 01-23-2023