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This is a root ball pre order item for delivery October onwards. Root ball plants are field grown and can only be lifted in the dormant season.

Portuguese Laurel Root Ball 160/180cm Pre Order October

Big bushy field grown plants ready for lifting in October. Order up front as supplies my be limited  160/180cm tall and 40/50cm wide. Plant 2 per metre.

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10% Root Ball Discount. For pre orders placed before September 30th 2024.

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Root ball plants need additional care.

Be sure to read our root ball planting tips below.

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Prunus lusitanica Angustifolia - Portuguese Laurel are fantastic laurels that are a great alternative to the classic cherry Laurel. They are more formal in appearance with their dark green, medium sized pointed foliage set against red stems. They are slower growing, you would get 1/2ft of growth a year. A lot tougher than the cherry laurel and can withstand exposed sites, perfect for the North of the country.

Guide to Planting Field-Grown Root Balled Plants

Pros:

  1. Established Roots: Typically stronger, established roots ensure better initial growth.
  2. Immediate Impact: Larger plants provide instant structure and aesthetics.

Cons:

  1. Heavy and Bulky: Can be difficult to transport and plant due to size and weight.
  2. Seasonal Availability: Generally available only in the dormant season (autumn to early spring).

Preparation for Planting:

  1. Unwrap Carefully: Remove any packaging material, but leave the burlap or wire basket on.
  2. Keep plants moist: Plants should be kept moist until the time of planting.

Planting Process:

  1. Dig a Hole: Make a hole twice the width of the root ball and the same depth.
  2. Position Plant: Place the root ball in the hole, ensuring the top is level with the ground surface.
  3. Do Not Remove Root Sack: Leave the burlap or wire basket around the root ball. It is bio degradable and will rot away naturally.
  4. Backfill: Fill the hole with soil, firming gently around the roots to eliminate air pockets.
  5. Water: Water deeply after planting to settle the soil and avoid wilting.

Possibility of Losses:

  • Initial Shock: Some plants may suffer transplant shock, leading to potential losses.
  • Mitigation: Proper care and consistent watering during the establishment phase can minimise this risk.

Main Causes of Failure:

  1. Improper Planting Depth: Planting too deep or too shallow can stress the roots.
  2. Poor Soil Conditions: Compacted or poorly drained soil can hinder root growth.
  3. Insufficient Watering: Both under-watering and over-watering can lead to plant stress and failure. Strong wind can dry leafy pants.
  4. Pest and Disease: Lack of protection and monitoring can result in damage from pests and diseases.

Tips for Success:

  1. Stake Larger Plants: Support with stakes to prevent wind damage.
  2. Mulch: Apply a layer of mulch around the base to retain moisture and regulate temperature.
  3. Regular Monitoring: Check for signs of stress, pests, and disease, and address them promptly.

By following these guidelines and providing consistent aftercare, you can successfully plant and establish field-grown root balled plants in your garden.

Where to Site Your Portuguese Laurel Hedging

Portuguese Laurel Hedging thrives in moist, well-drained soils. While these hardy plants can survive in poor, shallow, and slightly chalky conditions, it’s advisable to avoid such environments. Prunus Lusitanica Angustifolia is highly adaptable, tolerating both warm and cold exposed sites, as well as partial shade. For optimal health, prune and fertilise your hedge to maintain its desired height, shape, and condition.

Growth & Pruning

Portuguese Laurel Hedging can reach up to 8 meters tall with an annual growth rate of 30-60 cm (about 1-2 feet). This moderate growth rate facilitates easy pruning and maintenance without the hedge becoming unruly. It responds well to pruning and can be shaped into various forms and sizes, typically requiring pruning twice a year based on your desired hedge size.

Consider removing berries and flowers to promote the health and vibrancy of your Portuguese Laurel Hedging. This allows the plant to channel its energy into producing lush, green leaves rather than ornamental berries and flowers, though this practice is optional.

Characteristics

  • Foliage: Glossy dark green, year-round (if well maintained)
  • Stems: Red
  • Flowers: Fragrant white flowers in spring
  • Berries: Inedible red berries that turn black/purple in winter
  • Durability: Tougher than Cherry Laurels and can withstand exposed sites
  • Other: Winter hardy, moderate growth rate

Following these recommendations will help ensure your Portuguese Laurel Hedging remains a resilient and attractive addition to your garden.

Portuguese Laurel Root Ball 160/180cm Pre Order October Grasslands Nursery Winter Hardy Average Rate Of Growth Summer White Evergreen

Does the height include the pot?

No, we measure from the top of the pot to the tip of the plant except for some of the instant planted screens, in this case it will be stated in the description

How long does delivery take?

Most orders are delivered in just a few days, Smaller items are often sent with Parcelforce on a next day service, Larger items should allow up to 10 days due to the size of the items they often have to be sent on our own transport.

Where will you leave my plants?

We will leave your order at the front of your property, Parcelforce may
leave your items in a safe place if you let us know, Pallet couriers
will require a flat hard surface to deliver to, no gravel or soil, a
driveway or parking spot would be best. Most importantly Deliveries by
pallet courier will require access for a large truck (bin lorry sized)
to get near the delivery point. Deliveries sent on our own transport may come in a small van or larger truck.

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