Planting Underneath A Jacaranda

Question From: 
Paula Chisholm in  Lamington,  Kalgoorlie WA


Nature of problem: 
I would like to know what plants i could grow under a Jacaranda tree.


Type of Plant (if known): 
Jacaranda tree


Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself): 
Not a lot grows around or under the tree including grass


Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type: 
sandy on top clay under


How often do you water the plant:
i never water the tree.


How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
The plants would get part sun and 6 hours of sun dily


What type of plant is it:


How long since you planted it:
i have only lived in this house for 12 months the tree looks about 4 maybe 5 years old.


Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:


Is the plant indoors or outdoors: 


What other treatments have you given the plant: 
no other treatment

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Other Comments: 
I would like to grow either rhodendrons or azaelea’s along and arond its base, is this possible? I have very little growing in my front yard everything seems to die, I have put it down to the jacaranda tree/s. I have always had success with my day lillies but even they are dying. I love the jacaranda tress and would like to keep them I also would like to fill my garden up with big flowering shrubs. Any help would be greatly appreciated or directions on where I can look to help improve my soil or make a nice garden.



Hi Paula,  It is almost certain that the plants underneath the Jacaranda need water. Instal a black plastic watering system with a cheap tap timer connected. Select locally sold plants for this area. Sadly, neither azaleas nor rhododendrons will flourish in Kalgoorlie WA. Once your plants get water all should be OK. In Kalgoorlie, Autumn is the best time to plant. BUT IF YOU WANT SUCCESS, ASK FOR ALL DETAILS AT YOUR LOCAL NURSERY.