Planting red robin Photina

Morning all,

I'll attach a couple photos underneath. I have have 50 odd red robin Photina to plant, the idea is to make a nice thick hedge. They have arrived with established roots in their pots. I am new to shrubs so have a few questions:

- The plants are very varied, some like the first photo have little leaf and I'll plant as is and others might have 2 shoots making an extreme 'V' pointing out either side - kind of like the second photo but on both sides. Should I prune these more extreme ones in anyway as I plant? Or shall I leave them and prune in the spring? In either case could you describe where to prune?

- Theres a public path on one side where these will go, how far in should I plant these to be fair on passers by? I want to lose as little garden as possible but dont want to annoy people so am happy to keep the hedge thin once established.

- In terms of spacing I think a foot between each should be about right?

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Thankyou!

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,271

    I hope they were cheap. They don't look very good specimens.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • Yes they were, I'm gardening on a budget this year sadly. Would you chop off the longer shoots now and then reevaluate late spring?

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,271

    The RHS advise against pruning after August. New shoots will be damaged by frost.  Plant in a well prepared soil, and prune down in spring. Look at this site for more details.

    http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=145

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,271

    That doesn't seem to link . Its a web search for RHS , Photinia Red Robin.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • Thankyou image I will pot some spares for sure. What would be the most cost effective thing to use as a wind break? Not sure what to ask for at the local garden centre.

  • raymaiseyraymaisey Posts: 1

    I want to plant a red robin in pot for the time being - can I use ericaceous compost?

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