Planting Mock Orange

The showy, sweet-smelling blooms of Mock Orange attract pollinators and make this flowering shrub a focal point of a landscape. This beauty grows in USDA zones 4 through 11, depending on the specific variety, so make sure to select a cultivar that will grow in your area. Mock Orange is easy to grow, as long as you follow some basic care requirements. Growing Mock Orange the correct way will ensure you can enjoy the fragrant blooms and lush greenery for a long time.


What You Need To Plant Mock Orange

  • Shovel
  • Compost or manure
  • Garden spade
  • Good location
  • Water source
  • Mulch

Where to Plant Mock Orange

Plant Mock Orange in full sun to partial shade. This plant needs at least 4 hours of sunlight to thrive. Mock Orange can handle a range of soil types, from sandy to clay, but this perennial prefers rich soil with good drainage. While this plant is adaptable, it does not like soggy conditions.

Mock Orange Spacing

Mock Orange has an upright, rounded growth habit and does not need support. Group several shrubs close together to create a hedge or privacy screen. Plant shrubs 6 to 8 feet apart, depending on the variety, to create a dense hedge. Plant Mock Orange at least 4 feet away from a building or other structures.


Steps To Plant Mock Orange

Choose a spot that receives adequate light. Dig a hole slightly bigger than the root ball when planting, and mix organic compost or manure into the soil to support healthy growth. Water newly planted Mock Orange immediately after planting. 

Step 1 - Pick a good location

Step 2 - Dig a hole 

Step 3 - Mix compost or manure in with the soil

Step 4 - Position the root ball in the hole so the top is even with the surrounding ground

Step 5 - Backfill the hole and firmly press the ground into place

Step 6 - Water the newly planted Mock Orange thoroughly

When to Plant Mock Orange

Plant Mock Orange in the early fall in areas with mild winters. Some cultivars can be grown in areas with cold winters. In those areas, Mock Orange shrubs should be planted in the spring after there is no longer a chance of frost.

Transplanting Mock Orange

Mock Orange can be propagated via cuttings. Take cuttings during the summer, dip the ends in rooting hormone, and keep them in moist soil until they root. 

Mock Orange is a hardy plant that can easily be transplanted. Simply dig up the plant and be careful to get as much of the root ball as possible. Transplant Mock Orange during the early fall or spring, and make sure to water it deeply and frequently until its roots settle in. 

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Author Alison Cotsonas - Published 01-23-2023