Ninebark is a versatile shrub that is native to North America. Cultivated as an ornamental plant, Ninebark is a great stand alone accent for a container. Known for its peeling bark feature and reddish or dark green leaves, Ninebark has white or pink flowers and berries in the fall. Dwarf varieties work the best for containers and can be grouped together with other plants for a nice contrast in color. Container-grown ninebark is a great choice for patios, entryways, balconies, and most landscape areas.
Ninebark is a top choice for containers as it can handle a variety of growing conditions. This drought resistant plant can handle both wet and dry growing conditions, which is perfect for a container plant. Typically, weekly watering and a bit of pruning is all this plant will need to thrive in a pot. It is best to avoid having the plant sit in water, as it does not like wet roots. A container with drainage holes is a must.
Planting Ninebark in Pots
Ninebark shrubs can be planted anytime during the growing season, but do best when planted in the spring. Choose a location that will get full to partial sun each day. There will be more flowering if the shrub gets more sun. Select a dwarf variety of Ninebark which will reach about 3 to 4 feet in height and spread. A large container with drainage holes is recommended, as you will want to allow the plant room to grow. Consider a container that is 16-24 feet wide and deep. Resin containers are a great choice as they are light-weight, weatherproof, and durable. Avoid terra cotta, ceramic, or clay pots as they can crack and crumble.
Best Soil For Ninebark in Pots
NInebark shrubs are hardy and can grow in less than ideal conditions. Plant the shrub in good quality potting soil. Potting soil is lightweight and drains quickly. In addition, it contains fertilizer which helps the shrub get off to a good start.
Caring For Ninebark in Planters
Caring for Ninebark in containers is the same as caring for them in a garden. This plant is not fussy and can grow in most conditions.The plant is drought tolerant, yet likes moist soil. Be sure that the container you choose is a plastic resin one with drainage holes. Fertilize when planting and water well afterwards. Place the container in an area that can get full sun. The more sun the plant gets, the better it will bloom. Container plants will dry out a lot faster than garden plants. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Deeply watering allows the moisture to seep down to the roots. Prune to shape the plant as needed.
Watering Ninebark in Pots
Ninebark is a drought resistant plant that can thrive in both wet and dry conditions. Typically, this shrub requires an inch of water weekly either through rainfall or manual watering. Keep in mind that the soil dries out much faster in pots. Be sure that the container has drainage holes as this plant does not like to sit in soggy soil. As this plant grows, the watering needs will increase. It is best to give the shrub slow deep waterings early in the morning so the plant has time to absorb the moisture. When the soil is dry one inch down, it is time to water your Ninebark.
Fertilizing Ninebark in Pots
Fertilizing NInebark can promote more blooms and prevent the plant from becoming too leggy. Fertilize the shrub when it is newly planted. This one application will be enough to sustain this plant through the entire growing season. Use a granular fertilizer to allow for a slow release feeding. Water well after applying.
Winter Care For Ninebark in Pots
Ninebark is a deciduous shrub, which means it will lose its leaves and go dormant for the winter. You will not need to do too much to prepare this hardy shrub for winter. In the fall, prune the container shrub down to 3-4 inches from the soil. Give the shrub a good drink of water every couple of weeks until the first frost. Place a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the base of the plant. This will help protect the roots and conserve moisture. Pace the container near the protected side of a structure, on a covered porch, or in a cool garage until spring returns. In the spring, decide if your Ninebark needs to be moved into a larger container.
Can Ninebark Be Grown Indoors
Ninebark plants can be brought indoors for the winter time. It is not necessary though, and we don't recommend it. Remember that winter is a dormant time for the plant. It will be spending its cold weather time reenergizing for the spring blooming and leaf production. Do not expect much blooming or growth during this time. Place the container in an area that will get full sun. Water occasionally.