How to Care for a Dwarf Plant

Container gardens or compact gardens with dwarf shrubs and plants can make a big impact with proper maintenance.

You will need

  • Dwarf shrubs or plants
  • Containers
  • Potting soil
  • Fertilizer
  • Pruning shears
  • Patience
  • Acid shrub fertilizer (optional)

Step 1 Purchase plants Select the dwarf plants and shrubs you want from your local garden store or nursery. Consider the maximum height and width of each plant.

Step 2 Transfer plants Transfer plants to containers at least 16 inches in diameter or plant them directly into the ground. Water and fertilize as needed.

Step 3 Visualize plant Walk around your plant or shrub and envision how you want it to look. Once you have your vision, the branches you need to remove will become apparent.

Step 4 Prune branches Cut branches with pruning shears to limit growth. Never cut away more than 30 percent of your plant at a time.

Step 5 Protect your plants Protect your plants from cold weather. Many dwarf plants are hardy, meaning they can withstand the cold, but consider moving delicate ones inside for the winter.