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New Griselinia Hedge

DitsyDitsy Posts: 196
Hi, I planted theses about five weeks ago. I am just wondering if I should give them a trim now or wait till spring? I am planning on keeping it small as possible once established. TIA.


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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,844
    You could nip the tops out, which will encourage some bushiness, but otherwise, they should be fine as they are, and will establish over the next 6 months   :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • DitsyDitsy Posts: 196
    Please help. My hedge had been doing really well then this winter, 2nd winter here, half of them are dying. I think it maybe root rot but hopeful it might be frost damage. If it is root rot what do I treat them with?

    I don't know whether it is worth me replacing the dying ones in case the same thing happens again. 


  • DitsyDitsy Posts: 196
    One side of the hedge is ok.




    The other not so


  • PlantmindedPlantminded Posts: 3,488
    They can suffer in winter with extreme cold, especially if they are also exposed to wind.  Your soil and spacing look fine.  I'd give them time to recover, once the temperature improves, you should see new buds appearing.  At that time, a drenching of the leaves and root area with diluted seaweed extract can help. It enables the plant roots to take up essential nutrients and water from the soil by encouraging the growth of beneficial soil microbes. 
    Wirral. Sandy, free draining soil.


  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,435
    I suspect cold too. The side that's OK is probably a bit more sheltered.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • DitsyDitsy Posts: 196
    Thank you. Once it is warmer shall I cut all the black/dead wood off? Although that won't leave much left.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,435
    Wait and see where new growth comes from, then cut back to that.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • PlantmindedPlantminded Posts: 3,488
    I agree, wait and see.  A few years ago a large established hedge near me went almost completely brown as a result of a severe frost and cold period.  It recovered eventually and has not been affected by the recent cold, wet and freezing conditions this year.  Your plants are still young and establishing their root systems.  As long as your soil is free draining, your plants should recover well.
    Wirral. Sandy, free draining soil.


  • DitsyDitsy Posts: 196
    Thanks for the advice. I will delete the new plants I currently have in my basket and see what spring brings. Hopefully lots of new shoots🤞
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