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Laurel Hedging (Prunus Laurocerasus or Cherry Laurel)

The most commonly planted evergreen hedging there is. There are two main types of laurel commonly planted for hedging. The cherry laurel (Prunus Laurocerasus) and the Portuguese laurel (Prunus Lusitanica). Cherry laurel are the classic, big glossy leaved evergreen, seen everywhere. White flowers are followed by the big red cherry-like fruit in autumn. They are easy to grow and will put on about 2/3 foot of new growth each season. Portuguese laurel are much hardier and have a thinner and much darker green leaf. Planting Root Balls Advice

Clipping Laurel
They are best clipped with a pair of sharp shears, but scale sometimes makes this un-practical. The problem with shears and hedge cutters is that it can spoil the look of those luxurious, glossy leaves, so after using these methods it is best to finish off by snipping out the leaves that have been cut through. It really just depends how fussy you are. Most people just trim them in early autumn and turn a blind eye to the few tatty leaves.
 
Dislikes
Cherry laurels do not want sit in waterlogged soil. Quite often they do not die, but instead it sits there looking miserable. If wet soil is a problem either pick something else or ramp up the planting bed to keep the roots up above the water table. This form of laurel is not happy in shallow chalky soil. You could pick the Portuguese laurel or dig out a trench of the chalky soil and incorporate a good helping of neutral soil.
 
Feeding laurels.
It is important to keep them growing if they have not reached the height required and or to maintain that beautiful green foliage. A generous feed of natural dung or pelleted chicken manure is recommended and best done in spring to really get them going for the season. Really this can be done any time and with any plant feed, but it is far easier to overdo the powdered artificial fertilisers. Always read the label or stick to the idiot proof aforementioned naturals.
 

Bees

Bees will visit anything that rewards them suitable for their efforts. Aphids feed on the plant for sap but reject the sugar in the liquid they suck in. This sugar falls on leaves and after being semi-diluted be dew, it is collected by bees and other insects and is commonly known as Honeydew - thus creating holes.We do not spray our laurels as bees are endangered and we like to look after them. You can prevent this by using an insecticide if you wish but neither actually harms the laurel

  1. 20-30

    Laurel Hedging 2 Litre Pot 20-30cm 2017 Crop

    This seasons new crop. New breaks bursting and full of vigour. Will spurt now and grow another 45cm in the next few months.

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  2. very bushy

    Laurel Hedging 5 Litre Pot 40-50cm 2017 Crop

    New seasons crop 2/3 strong breaks bursting with new buds. 40 plus now but will grow another 45cm in the next few months - more if you feed it hard

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  3. Laurel Hedging

    Laurel Hedging 10 Litre Pot 100cm+

    £12.50

    A lovely, bushy specimen in a 10 litre pot 100cm high and getting bigger by the day. We suggest planting 2 to the metre, or more if you want to create a more instant looking hedge.

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  4. Laurel Hedging  20 Litre 130-140cm

    Laurel Hedging 20 Litre 130-140cm

    £18.00

    Newly potted into a 20 litre pot to keep them growing on. Can be planted now as long as you are careful with the new roots.Very bushy and a bargain as by the end of the growing season (September) they will be on sale and worth about £30. Plant 2 to the metre

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  5. laurel in the field

    Laurel Hedging 140-160cm 20 Litre Pot

    £29.50

    A lot of laurel for your money and they can be planted at 60-70 cm apart. 

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  6. novita

    Laurel Hedging Novita 30 Litre Pot 160-180cm

    £37.95

    Novita is a fairly new form that is extremely hardy and bears dark glossy rich green foliage. Good 60-70cm wide, can get away with planting 1 to the metre

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    Laurel Caucasica Hedging 32 Litre Pot 150-175cm Bushy

    £39.50

    Laurel Hedging - Prunus Laurocerasus Caucasica - glossy, dark green leaves, Nice and bushy so you can get away with 1 to the metre. Learn More
  8. laurel

    Cherry Laurel Hedging 32 Litre Pot Litre 150-160cm

    £39.50

    150-160cm tall and about 60/70cm wide and branched all over just waiting to explode into the bushiest plant ever. Plant 1 or 1.5 to the metre if you want to create an instant looking hedge.

    Potted from a container grown plant. Cut back and extremely bushy.

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    Dwarf Laurel Hedging 130-140cm 40 Litre Pot

    £42.25

    Etna bears dark green, glossy green foliage, new growth an attractive bronze. Slow growing Laurel, ideal if you love laurels but don't want a tall hedge. 

     

     

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  10. Laurel Hedging Root Ball 275-300 cm 90 Litre Pot

    Laurel Hedging Root Ball 275-300 cm 90 Litre Pot

    £110.00

    A monster Laurel coming in at a whopping 275-300cm high and over a metre wide.

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