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Portuguese Laurel (prunus lusitanica) potting

Hi, I planted a portugese laurel hedge currently 1 metre high. Problem is I planted too closely and plants are suffocating. I plan to dig some of the plants up with care, pot them and sell/give them away. What soil should I use in the pots? Any suggestions on where can I buy it from?
Many thanks!


  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    That should be fine, but do put them in good size containers. Use John Innes No 3 soil with added grit if you can. The soil is available in good garden centres or you can order them online too.

    You can sell them on a place like Ebay with pick up if you are in an area where it is more populated. That saves you time with packing and carriage costs. 
  • Thank you Borderline.
    I planted my portuguese laurel 30cm apart. I plan on growing it to a 6ft high hedge.
    Ive read it should be planted 2-3ft (60-90cm) apart otherwise the plants suffocate. But in a large local new residential development where Im certain a professional garden company did all the planting they have been planted 30-40cm apart.

    How far apart should it be planted?

  • LynLyn Posts: 21,934
    I put mine about 2’ apart, but now I know they could have been 3’.  Once the trunks get to 6” diameter there’s not much room between.  They will grow anywhere and on anything so I don’t think it’s worth worrying too much  about them. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • That's very helpful, thanks Lyn!
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,934
    What makes you think they’re suffocating, they may not have started growing yet this year, could you post a photo please.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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