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Removing Laurel hedge flowers

Dan1974Dan1974 Posts: 17

A couple of years ago, we planted half a dozen laurels at the front of our house to eventually form a hedge. They have been growing steadily but in the last few weeks they have begun flowering vigorously. 

I want them to put on as much leafy growth as possible. The question is if I were to remove the flowers, would this stimulate more leaf growth or would it prove detrimental to the plants? 

Thanks for your thoughts. 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,275
    The hedge should be regularly trimmed. This will thicken the hedge and encourage growth and you are also then less likely to get the flowers. 
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  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 1,099
    Hi @Dan1974,

    Those flowers are great for bees .... if it was my hedge I'd leave them  ... but then I am a beekeeper  

    Bee x
    Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey   
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,576
    The flowers won't last long and will provide food for pollinators.

    Trim the hedge when they've gone over.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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