Cherry laurel is a wonderful hedge plant that will give your garden a luxurious look. This evergreen shrub is known for having glossy leaves and a robust presence. In addition, most cherry laurel varieties have a fairly fast growth rate, which already creates an opaque hedge very quickly. So it’s no surprise that the cherry laurel is an extremely popular evergreen hedge plant. But is a cherry laurel hedge also easy to care for? We will gladly inform you about how a cherry laurel should be cared for.
The cutting of a cherry laurel
The cherry laurel has a fairly rapid growth, although there are always exceptions. For example, let’s look at the cherry laurel ‘Otto Luyken’: this hedge plant has an annual growth of only 10-20 cm. But even the cherry laurel ‘Zabeliana’ does not grow more than 20 cm per year. However, other varieties of cherry laurel are mainly fast-growing varieties. That is why cherry laurel ‘Novita’ , cherry laurel ‘Rotundifolia’ and cherry laurel ‘Caucasica’ already grows between 40-50 cm per year. The cherry laurel ‘Genolia’ will also convince you, because it has an annual growth between 40-60 cm. However, fast-growing varieties should be cut back more often.
Slow-growing cherry laurel varieties therefore need to be pruned only once a year, while most other cherry laurel varieties should be pruned twice a year: once in spring and then again in autumn. Do you prefer mostly neat, straight hedges that have a formal look? Then you should trim your hedge even three times a year. By the way, trimming the cherry laurel is quite easy, especially if you regularly cut back your cherry laurel. Portuguese cherry laurel is one of the most popular cherry laurel varieties, although it grows only 15-30 cm per year. One pruning per year is therefore quite sufficient for the Portuguese Cherry Laurel.
Fertilizing the cherry laurel hedge
Good fertilizing also ensures that your cherry laurel can develop optimally. Almost all hedge plants should be fertilized once or twice a year. So in this regard, the cherry laurel is just as in need of care as other evergreen shrubs. The cherry laurel has two growing seasons, during which it should be fertilized so that the plants can benefit optimally from the nutrients and minerals in the fertilizer. Therefore, fertilize the cherry laurel in March and then again in June or July. To do this, use an organic fertilizer specifically designed for fertilizing hedges.
Cherry laurel leaves will stay healthy longer if your plants are fertilized early. This will then also immediately stimulate the growth of these hedge plants. Therefore, we recommend you to fertilize your cherry laurel hedge immediately after each pruning, so that your hedge can recover faster.
Does the cherry laurel need extra water?
However, some hedge plants , think here of the conifers yew and thuja , are particularly sensitive to drought, so then they should get extra water. However, the cherry laurel only needs extra watering during prolonged and extreme heat or drought. So always keep a close eye on your plants. As soon as the leaves look droopy in dry conditions or the cherry laurel hedge looks less vital, you should intervene and water your cherry laurel hedge extra. Smaller amounts of water spread over several days is then better than a single, far too heavy watering. After all, the cherry laurel is a hedge plant that does not tolerate waterlogging very well.
By the way, after planting the cherry laurel bushes, good watering is urgently needed. This is because it allows the plants to grow immediately and much faster. This will allow the cherry laurel to take root quickly and thereby also absorb the nutrients in the soil much better, which will stimulate the growth of the plants. Give the cherry laurel about twice a week around 15 liters of water per square meter of your hedge.
Is a cherry laurel hedge easy to maintain?
Do you not want to pay so much attention to your hedge because you do not want to spend so much time gardening? Even then, the cherry laurel is a good option because it is undemanding and therefore extremely easy to care for. Two prunings a year are usually necessary for hedge plants in the garden to look well maintained. This is also true of the cherry laurel. Therefore, the low-maintenance cherry laurel can be well cared for even by garden owners who do not have so much experience in gardening. Immediately after planting, however, need your attention, because then they should be watered regularly. With good basic care, your cherry laurel hedge will develop well in your garden.
Do not have time or patience to care for young plants to get the height and compactness you want? Then you can also order from us practical, full-grown prefabricated hedges, which consist of several hedge elements, each 1 meter wide. So, if you want to plant a 15-meter-long cherry laurel hedge in your garden, then you should order 15 prefabricated hedge elements. Then also immediately select the height you want. After planting your prefabricated hedge, you will immediately have a mature, ready-to-use and opaque hedge in your garden, which can directly provide a lot of privacy.
Buying a cherry laurel: what kind of soil is suitable?
Most varieties of cherry laurel are very adaptable when it comes to garden soil. However, a cherry laurel prefers a nutrient-rich soil that contains a lot of humus. However, it can thrive in somewhat drier soils. Wet garden soils are not good, so to drain the soil you should first create a drainage system so that a cherry laurel hedge can also serve as a pretty property border in your garden. Do you also want to buy a cherry laurel online? There are several varieties of cherry laurel available in our webshop. Our hedge plants are well branched from top to bottom and they are all of high quality.
This is because our nurseries ensure that our hedge plants are optimally cared for by professionals. As a result, you will enjoy a wonderful cherry laurel hedge for a long time to come.
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