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Portuguese Laurel help~!

Hi all, 

I'm very new to this gardening business. We moved to a new build flat and were fortunate to have a little patio and flower bed, so over the last few months my interest in plants has sky-rocketed! Someone was giving away their laurel hedge, so we gratefully took it to help with some privacy, but it doesn't seem to have taken too well. I imagine it was shocked at first, and the soil it was moved to is pretty rubbish, but we have been trying to water it as much as possible, especially during this dry spell. I cut them back a bit as soon as we planted them, and there are some new shoots on some of them, but not all. A couple of them have flowered which I think is a good sign, but over the last few days the leaves have turned yellow on a few of them which is a bit worrying. I never knew you could get so attached to plants! 

I've read other blogs and it looks like it could either be over or under watering - I've definitely killed other plants by too much watering (RIP succulents), but think this might be too little? How much is the right amount when it's not raining? Or it could be the soil is bad? It's just difficult to get more without a car! Should we get some supplements (seaweed I've seen mentioned?) Or should we just cut them right back? I would really be devastated to lose them totally! 

Any advice would be much appreciated :) imageimageimage


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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,097

    Hi and welcome to the forum image

    I think you've been doing just fine ... your gardening instincts seem good image  ... a few yellowing leaves are to be expected after transplanting ... to be honest I'd have expected a lot more ... and don't forget, even evergreen trees lose their leaves ... it's just they do it a few at a time throughout the year instead of all at once like deciduous ones.  

    I'd just carry on as you are ... perhaps a light sprinkling of Fish Blood and Bone (now  will be ok but not too late into autumn) - it's an organic slow release fertiliser and won't try to force the plants into putting on lots of  top growth before they've got their roots properly established and ready to support a lot of leaves.  Getting the roots established may well take up to 12 months, so don't panic if you can't see growth happening ... it's all going on underground.  image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Oh wow, Hazel. That gives me real hope seeing yours! How long ago did you plant it?

    And Dovefromabove, that's reassuring to know it's ok to lose a few leaves. I think I'll add a bit more soil as the roots are exposed at the top, and a bit of that fish blood and bone.

    One more question, should I now wait util the Spring to do a little chop? 

    Thanks for your help! 

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