How to Grow Lewis Mock Orange - Plant Care & Tips

By NorwichGardener Team   /   2024

Lewis mock orange is a plant that is native to north america. it is a deciduous shrub that can grow to be about 6 feet tall. the leaves of the lewis mock orange are oval shaped and the flowers are white.

How to Grow Lewis Mock Orange - Plant Care & Tips

Alternative name

  • orange mock
  • false orange
  • white mock orange
  • ata-adinda
  • jasmine orange

Common Knowledge

  • Lewis Mock Orange is a hardy, low-maintenance shrub.
  • It is tolerant of a wide range of soil types and conditions.
  • Lewis Mock Orange is drought-tolerant once established.
  • It has a long blooming season, with flowers appearing in late spring or early summer.
  • The flowers of Lewis Mock Orange are white, and very fragrant.
  • Lewis Mock Orange is attractive to bees and other pollinators.
  • The shrub can be pruned to maintain a desired shape or size.
  • Lewis Mock Orange is generally disease and pest-free.
  • It is a good choice for mass plantings or as a hedge.
  • Lewis Mock Orange can be propagated from seed or cuttings.

Planting Process

  1. For lewis mock orange, first step is to find a sunny spot in your yard that has well-drained soil.
  2. Next, you'll need to dig a hole that is twice the width and depth of the root ball of your plant.
  3. Once you have dug the hole, you can then remove the plant from its container and loosen up the roots a bit.
  4. After loosening the roots, you can place the plant in the hole and fill it in with soil.
  5. Once the plant is in the ground, water it well and add a layer of mulch around it.
  6. Mock orange will typically bloom in late spring or early summer.
  7. To help promote blooming, you can fertilize the plant in early spring using a general-purpose fertilizer.
  8. Once the plant starts to bloom, you can deadhead the flowers as they fade to encourage more blooming.
  9. In the fall, you can prune mock orange to shape it as desired.
  10. Mock orange is generally a low-maintenance plant, but you will need to water it regularly during the first growing season to help it establish a deep root system.

Soil Requirement

About soil condition, the lewis mock orange prefers well-drained soil, but it is also tolerant of moderately heavy, clay soils. It does not tolerate wet, poorly drained soils. The soil should be neutral to slightly acidic.

Light condition

Just like other Mock Orange bushes, the Lewis Mock Orange bush grows best in full sun. It can tolerate some shade, but it will produce fewer flowers. This bush can reach up to 6 feet tall and wide, and it blooms in late spring with fragrant, white flowers.

Good Temperature

The temperature condition that is most favorable for the Lewis mock orange is a cool temperature. This plant does not like it when the temperature gets too hot. The leaves of the Lewis mock orange will start to turn brown and drop off if the temperature gets too high.

Ideal Humidity

Ideal humidity condition for this plant is around 50% Mock oranges (botanical name Philadelphus) are a group of about 50 species of flowering plants in the family Hydrangeaceae. They are native to Europe, Asia and North America. The mock orange is a deciduous shrub that typically grows to 6-12 feet (1.8-3.7 m) tall with a spread of 6-15 feet (1.8-4.6 m). The leaves are opposite, ovate to lanceolate, 3-6 inches (7.6-15 cm) long and 2-3 inches (5.1-7.6 cm) wide. The flowers are borne in clusters of 3-12 and have four petals that are white or pale yellow and 4-6 sepals. The fruit is a dark purple or black berry. The mock orange is tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions but prefers well-drained, fertile soil. It is tolerant of partial shade but prefers full sun. The ideal humidity for this plant is around 50%.

The Fertilizer

Regarding fertilizer, usually the plant does not need much. If you find that the leaves are turning yellow, this may be a sign of over-fertilization. It's best to err on the side of under-fertilizing. As for the roots, they are very hearty and can withstand a lot of abuse. If you do need to transplant, just make sure to loosen the roots before replanting.

Plant Pruning

Pruning is an important part of keeping your mock orange healthy and looking its best. Pruning in late winter or early spring will help to encourage new growth and prevent the plant from becoming overgrown. When pruning, be sure to remove any dead or damaged branches. You can also thin out the plant to improve air circulation and allow more light to reach the inner branches.

The Propagation

Propagation for the Mock Orange is best done through softwood or semi-ripe cuttings in late summer or early fall. The cuttings should be taken from new growth that has not yet hardened off, and they should be about 4-6 inches in length. The cuttings should be placed in a moist potting mix and kept in a sheltered location that receives indirect sunlight. The cuttings should be misted regularly to keep the soil moist, but not soggy. After a few weeks, the cuttings should develop roots and can be transplanted into their own pots.

Plant Growth

Usually, the plant growth rate is determined by the soil fertility, drainage, temperature and water availability. The best time to plant lewis mock orange is in early spring before the last frost date. Lewis mock orange can tolerate a range of soil types but prefer well-drained, slightly acidic soils with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. Lewis mock orange is also tolerant of drought and salt.

Basic Problems

Common problems for this kind of plant are root rot, powdery mildew, and Aphids. Root rot is caused by too much moisture in the soil, and powdery mildew is caused by dry conditions. Aphids are tiny insects that suck the sap out of the plant, causing it to weaken and eventually die.

List to Know

  • Make sure to plant your Lewis Mock Orange in an area that receives full sun.
  • Lewis Mock Orange plants prefer well-drained soil.
  • Be sure to water your Lewis Mock Orange regularly, especially during periods of drought.
  • Lewis Mock Orange plants are relatively low-maintenance and don¬ít require a lot of fertilization.
  • Prune your Lewis Mock Orange plant regularly to encourage new growth and to keep it looking its best.
  • Lewis Mock Orange plants are relatively drought-tolerant and can withstand periods of dry weather.
  • Lewis Mock Orange plants are relatively pest- and disease-free.
  • Lewis Mock Orange plants are relatively easy to propagate from cuttings.
  • Lewis Mock Orange plants make an excellent addition to any landscape.
  • Lewis Mock Orange plants are relatively long-lived and can thrive for many years with proper care.

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Source:
Philadelphus Lewisii- Mock orange | Urban Garden Ecology
MOCK ORANGE - PHILADELPHUS SPP. | The UFOR Nursery
Lewis University | Mock Trial Invitational

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