Plants

Cherry laurel

How to irrigate it

During the first year of development, the cherry laurel needs constant and regular watering, approximately every fifteen days in spring and summer; it is essential that the soil is kept moist, particularly if rainfall is low. This plant, unlike many others, is capable of withstanding water stagnation for quite a long time, which however must not be excessive; it is also advisable that the water used is free of limescale. Once the first year has elapsed, rainwater may be sufficient, unless there are periods of prolonged dryness that would require further measures. The recommended irrigation method is by sprinkling, which guarantees savings and considerable regularity in the distribution of waterings.

Care and cultivation


The ideal soil for this plant must be slightly acidic, deep, not overly compact, neither clayey nor calcareous. It could be functional to prepare a layer of gravel on the bottom, in order to facilitate drainage. The suggested period for starting cultivation is between late March and early May, in the middle of spring, if you are in an environment characterized by harsh winters; otherwise autumn is preferable. For the plant it is necessary to dig a hole about one meter wide and, if you want to give rise to a hedge, the plants must be placed about 130 centimeters away from each other. It is also essential to gradually eliminate weeds during pruning, as well as any diseased or damaged parts of the plant.

Fertilization


For the cherry laurel we recommend natural fertilizers based on urea or manure to be administered once a year, during the autumn season; in this way, during the winter, the fertilizer will completely penetrate the soil. Care must be taken not to delay the operation too much, as the vegetation, if its growth is stimulated, is more sensitive to the cold and could be damaged. Alternatively, fertilization can be carried out twice a year, but with reduced doses. During the initial stages of cultivation, a fertilizer containing high quantities of nitrogen may be required, an element that stimulates the growth of the plant; subsequently, however, it could cause excessive development and, consequently, the spread of fungi and parasites.

Cherry Laurel: Exposure and Diseases


A sunny place is necessary for exposure if you want to obtain a luxuriant flowering; the plant can also develop in the shade, but in this case it will tend to bloom little. Low temperatures are tolerated, but not bad weather or too intense winds, which would ruin the leaves. Among the most dangerous insects for this plant we must mention the oziorrinco, which voraciously feeds on the foliage and can be contrasted with special insecticides or with products based on nematode larvae. Cochineal is also dangerous, but easily eliminated by using white mineral oil. Among the fungal diseases, on the other hand, powdery mildew is worth mentioning, which causes the formation of yellowish spots, white mold and necrotic areas on the leaves and which requires fungicides.

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