How to water

As for the irrigation of photinia, it is good to proceed with watering once every 10-15 days only when the plant is still young. Subsequently, it is possible to proceed about once a month (if the season is rather dry, in the presence of rain it is not necessary to water the photinia). Whenever you intend to proceed with a new watering of the plant, it is advisable to check the soil. If it is still wet from the previous wetting, it is better to avoid watering again in such a way as not to submerge the roots and cause root rot, one of the main causes of plant death. Even when watering, it is not recommended to proceed with excessively high doses of water, thus avoiding causing water stagnation.

How to cure

Photinia is a plant that does not fear atmospheric conditions, it is able to adapt to rather rigid climates as well as to particularly hot and sultry ones. It is good to place the plant in an area where it can receive direct sunlight for a few hours a day. In winter it is recommended to take some precautions that can help the plant such as, for example, covering the soil with a mulch of dry leaves or bark in order to protect the substrate from winter frosts. As for pruning, we proceed by removing the dried flowers and shortening the longer branches. However, pruning is not essential and it is possible to leave photinia in its natural shape, obtaining a thicker and more rounded crown.

How to fertilize

To fertilize photinia correctly, it is recommended to use a slow release granular fertilizer that contains the three basic chemicals such as: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. It is also possible to use fertilizers that contain other substances such as: copper, magnesium and boron. Towards the end of February it is also good to add organic matter to the soil, such as mature manure. It is necessary to provide photinia with a rather soft and well-drained soil, in such a way as to avoid the formation of water stagnations as much as possible. Generally we proceed by adding river sand to the soil at the bottom of the hole where we want to plant our photinia, able to partially absorb moisture. The plant is very sensitive to excess water and the consequent root rot,

Photinia: Diseases and remedies

Photinia is not attacked very easily by insects and parasites. However, taking precautionary measures can only help to counteract any unforeseen events. For example, in order to prevent infestations by aphids and scale insects, it is possible to proceed with broad-spectrum disinfestations on the whole plant. Rather, photinia fears diseases caused by poor growing conditions. Overwatering the plant could cause water stagnation and consequent root rot. This condition can lead the plant to death in a short time. As far as atmospheric agents are concerned, photinia adapts well to both the freezing winter and the hottest and most torrid summer. It is quite resistant to excessive winds and rains.

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