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A dense hedge without gaps and holes?  Stick to a simple rule.  Everyone should know it

A dense hedge without gaps and holes? Stick to a simple rule. Everyone should know it

Laurel is called an evergreen plant. It has characteristic white flowers and leaves resembling bay leaves. When and how often should you plant laurel so that it looks beautiful all year round?

Eastern cherry laurel is also called laurel and laurel plum. It comes from the Balkan Peninsula, the Caucasus and Asia Minor. It grows up to 3-4 meters high. It is distinguished by its original white flowers, which form large clusters and have protruding stamens. When they fade, black fruits appear in their place. They are poisonous to humans because both the seeds and leaves contain a glycoside, a derivative of hydrocyanic acid.

When to plant laurel cherries? Two dates are best

Laurel cherry grows quickly and is often chosen as a hedge. If you want it to be large and dense, it is best to choose the Otto Luyken or Variegata variety. Cherry laurel can be planted in the ground all year round except winter. However, it is best to do it in autumn, from the beginning of October to the end of November, or in early spring, i.e. at the beginning of April. The bush is delicate but capricious.

It must be provided with appropriate conditions for proper growth. It needs fertile, sandy-clay, moist and calcium-rich soil. It feels very good in quiet, semi-shady and wind-protected positions. Laurel cherry blossoms in May. Its flowers then emit a subtle scent.

How often should you plant laurel cherries? Valeriy_G/iStock

How often should you plant laurel cherries? Stick to the 50 cm rule

If you want to plant a laurel cherry in your garden, dig a deep hole and fill it with fresh soil and a layer of drainage. Insert the plant, press the soil around it and water it with a little water. The bush should have plenty of space because it grows quickly. Laurel cherries for hedges should be planted at a distance of 50 cm from each other. In the case of free-standing specimens, the distance should be 70 cm. After planting, water the plant often and abundantly. Throughout April, it is worth fertilizing it with natural fertilizer, e.g. compost. Thanks to this, it will grow thickly and healthily. During winter, cover the bush with straw or agrotextile. This way you will protect it against frost.

Source: Gazeta

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