Fertilizing a Eugenia topiary regularly helps keep the plant's foliage bright green and supports steady growth. Use a balanced fertilizer, such as a 10-10-10 formula, diluted at a rate of 1/4 teaspoon per gallon, every three of four weeks, but check the package label for additional directions. During winter, withhold fertilizer to give the plant a rest. This plant is quite sensitive to buildup of salts from water, especially when container-grown, and can signal a problem by shedding leaves.
- Light Needs: Full Sun, partial Shade
- Watering Needs: An outdoor-grown Eugenia topiary thrives in any type of garden soil that's well-drained and does poorly in soil that tends to stay wet for long periods.
Topiaries can be clipped and shaped from shrubs planted in the ground, or made from frames stuffed with moss and planted with small, flexible plants. Some small, slow-growing trees are also suitable. Usually nonflowering and evergreen, topiaries need regular clipping to maintain their shape. Shrubs for topiaries must be well-suited to local growing conditions to be successful.