Murrayas (Murraya paniculata) are a wonderfully versatile plant that can be grown in most situations as a medium hedge. They grow well with other plants and have beautifully perfumed white flowers that appear in Spring and Summer. Easy to maintain, Murrayas can grow to 4 metres so will benefit from regular pruning to keep them to the desired height.


How to grow Murraya in a garden

  1. Choose a position in full sun or part shade with well drained soil.
  2. Enrich the soil with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed. If the soil is clay based, add gypsum and fork in well. 
  3. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised doughnut ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well. 
  5. Mulch with an organic mulch like woodchip or pea straw, keeping it away from the base of the plant.
  6. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  7. If you are growing your Murraya as a hedge and want to feed for more foliage, apply Yates Thrive All Purpose Granular Plant Food. If you want to encourage more flowering, apply Yates Thrive Rose & Flower Granular Plant Food. TIP: for an added boost apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.

How to grow Murraya in a pot

Murraya paniculata can be grown in large pots (at least 500mm wide). The dwarf form Murraya panuiculata 'Min-a-Min' can be grown in smaller pots (at least 250mm wide).

  1. Choose a pot with adequate drainage holes. 
  2. Position in full sun or part shade.
  3. Fill the pot with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.
  4. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
  5. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Water in well.
  6. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  7. During the growing and flowering season, apply Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. Throughout the year apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.

Growing tips

  • Murrayas prefer a slightly acidic to mostly neutral soil pH. Check the soil pH prior to planting using a soil pH test kit. If the soil pH is greater than 7 apply Yates Soil Acidifier Liquid Sulfur. If the soil pH is less than 5.0 apply Yates Hydrangea Pinking Liquid Lime & Dolomite.

  • When planting as a hedge, plant 3 per metre. For a more informal screen, plant 1 - 2 per metre.
     
  • Prune regularly while young and during the warmer season to encourage multi-branching and bushiness. Otherwise, as plants mature they will become 'leggy' and sparse.

  • Dwarf form Murraya panuiculata 'Min-a-Min' is a smaller leafed, smaller growing compact form of the straight species. 

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