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Semi-mature Laurels?

resres Posts: 52
Do semi-mature laurels take more care when planting? Have some 3-4ft in 15L pots? Lost quite a few young ones in recent heat wave!

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,025
    Laurels at that height [ I'm presuming you mean bog standard cherry laurel?] should establish easily at this time of year. If you were planting anything bigger, it would be best to cut back by about half to encourage them to branch outwards. That's why it's not worth the money buying bigger plants. However, it will benefit yours to be trimmed back a bit when planted, for the aforementioned reasons. They do like plenty of water, so they would have suffered if planted during the hot weather unless you were very vigilant with watering. Many plants did. 

    Incidentally - 3 - 4 feet isn't anywhere near semi mature. They grow that amount annually when established  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • resres Posts: 52
    Ok thanks; was just going off the thickness of the stems as they are quite bulky. How much would you take off when planting?
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,025
    Hard to say without seeing them res - but you could tidy up each stem/branch by about 6 to 12 inches. Back to a nice leaf joint.
    If they're quite bushy already, you may not need to bother. I'm also assuming it's for a hedge? If they're bushy, you could just nip the tops out to even them all up to the same level. 
    When you plant them - make sure to tease out the roots a little bit. If they've been in the pots a while, they might be a bit pot bound, so that will help them get going 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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