Privet Hedges


I am new to the gardening world and I have recently managed to get myself an alotment. I want to grow a Privet Hegdge from cuttings is this possible and how do I do this.

Any help is much appreciated


  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    Privet is one of the easiest plants to propagate.

    You simply need to take a cutting, about a foot long (or even longer), and stick it in the ground, and away it should go.

    Obviously you need suitable weather, warm and showery, like now.

  • Thanks so much Gary - do I need to use rooting powder?

  • KoalagirlKoalagirl Posts: 225

    I have found that even the clippings from my privet start taking root if they fall into nearby pots when I've been cutting the hedge.  They are obviously keen to grow.

  • Thats great thanks for your help. Do you know how far appart I should space the clippings?

  • LilyanneLilyanne Posts: 22

    I have not grown a hedge from scratch, but I do think privet looks best when it is dense. I keep mine very closely clipped and it always looks good, so I expect that the cuttings should be planted quite close.

    I do find that most bushes will propogate in this manner, as per Gary's advice. Just stick them in the ground and stand back!  Much of my garden has been filled in this way.

  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892
    NewGardner1 wrote (see)

    do I need to use rooting powder? far apart I should space the clippings?

    Some people do use rooting powder, and perhaps it does assist rooting, though it's not essential.

    The spacing should be around 9 inches to a foot (20cm to 30cm). But you could put in cuttings twice as close as that (4 inches apart), so that if some cuttings don't take, you'll still get a decent hedge.

    Lilyanne wrote (see)

    ... I do think privet looks best when it is dense....

    That's true.

    You could plant two rows, 6 inches apart and with the plants staggered, so the pattern looks like a zig-zag. That would produce a thicker and denser hedge, but that would require more land area. Probably not what you'd want to do on an allotment, although you could if planting around a house.

  • Please do remember that if you are going to plant a privet hedge - when it comes to trimming the hedge, you will have to trim the side of the hedge facing you, and the TOP of the hedge facing you, and your neighbours side of the hedge aswell. And as you get older, you will still have this endless responsibility. Very similar to owning a dog, that has to be fed, and walked twice a day, whatever the weather !!

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,107
    I don't know about whatever the weather, you can choose a dry day!

    I love privet hedge, I planted one in 2012, it's now about 5' tall, having been constantly picked out so it's as thick at the bottom as the top.

    I love the smell of the flowers, takes me back to my childhood in London where everybody had privet.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • 1Runnybeak11Runnybeak1 Posts: 7,027

    Oh yes Lyn I also,love the smell of the flowers on privet. Back then nearly everyone had a privet hedge didn't they. 

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,107
    They did that RB , I couldnt wait to get my very own privet, I think its either love it or hate it.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • Greg4Greg4 Posts: 48
    I planted a privit hedge last year, while it's grown to about 3 feet I want it to thicken out. How much would be recommended to trim it without losing too much height?
  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    If it's very thin, you could take about a third off the top.

    Lyn, I took pieces off the privet hedge around my parents' home before they sold it, and planted them up for the flowers - I love them.

    And yes, once everyone had a privet hedge, but trimming them became a chore, so they were grubbed out. Very sad to see.

  • I planted about 20 privet cuttings in a pot  of mixed compost and perlite yesterday. how long will they take to root, and when can they go in the garden?

  • questquest Posts: 1

    I plan to plant a few of these but train them to become small trees like crepe myrtles...I have a neighbor that has one she kept trimmed at the lower part and it is a beautiful small shade tree...I am not concerned with the seeds rooting because I don't have a manicured lawn with a carpet of green fescue. :) I keep it mowed every 2 weeks so anything that pops up will be cut down promptly...I appreciate the information that planting the cutting directly into the soil rather than having to pot and baby them works with these....I will take care in planting and prepare the area around each cutting with good quality soil....I want these because I am a hobby beekeeper and found that Privet makes really good honey and my bees will love the tiny mass flowers.

    Last edited: 07 June 2017 13:30:33

  • I want to grow a privet hedge without investing a lot of money.  If I purchased one privet hedge from a nursery, could I take clippings from it immediately or does it need to be established in the ground?

  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 829

    The best economical way to acquire hedging is by buying bare rooted plants in winter. They are pretty cheap if bought direct. Presumably anyone wanting a hedge probably also wants privacy. Cuttings will be easy and cheap but take too long.

  • I purchased an allotment two years ago and half of it is surrounded by privet hedge but there is one small gap which looks on to the road. I needed to know if I could take cuttings to fill this space. Having read others comments I now have all the answers I need so hopefully that gap will be filled.

    Many thanks

    P.S. Not sure what the 29 refers to after my name but it's not my age!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,882

    Fran ... Long ago we all decided that all of us on here are, and will always be, 27.

    Im 27 ... and so is my daughter who is also a gardener image

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • Many thanks "dove from above"!  I feel a lot younger already! I have now amended my details to avoid any misunderstandings.

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