Potted or garden cherry laurel hedge: diseases, pruning, care and instructions on how to grow a Prunus laurocerasus hedge in a pot or in the garden.
Together with boxwood, thecherry laurel hedgeit is among the most widespread in Italy and more suitable for growing hedges in pots.
Prunus laurocerasus or Laurus nobilis:differences between cherry laurel and laurel
This shrub is commonly known ascherry laurel. For the less experienced, we will indicate the differences between thecherry laurel and laurelbecause they are two completely different plants that have the shape of the leaves in common.
Laurel is the speciesLaurus nobiliswhile the cherry laurel is the botanical species Prunus laurocerasus. The scientific name Prunus laurocerasus refers to laurus (laurel) and cerasus (cherry), due to the similarity of the leaves to those of the laurel. Laurel can thrive up to over 15 meters in height, while cherry laurel generally stops growing around 7 - 8 meters but only in ideal conditions. If you are looking for a tall hedge, you can consider a cypress hedge.
While the laurel is part of the family oflauraceae,thecherry laurelit is part of the Rosaceae family.
Thecherry laurelit is therefore a shrub or small tree which, due to its resistance to pruning and its posture, is widely used forcultivation of evergreen hedges.
Potted cherry laurel hedge
Which of the two hedges is better to grow in pots, boxwood or cherry laurel?It depends on the attention you want to devote to the hedge and your expectations.
If you are willing to spend a little more, focus on the boxwood hedge which, in pots, you can buy the size you already want. Potted boxwood grows very slowly while thecherry laurel hedgeit is the fastest growing.
Apotted cherry laurel hedgewill gorepottedevery 3 maximum 5 years (if larger containers are used immediately). A potted boxwood hedge can survive without repotting for up to 8 years.
The fastest growing of thecherry laurelit will also require more interventions thanpruning. For the care to be dedicated topotted cherry laurel hedgeI refer you to the next paragraph. For growing in pots, all you have to do is pay more attention to irrigation (which must be more frequent) and fertilization (slow release fertilizers for green plants are suitable).
Cherry laurel hedge in the garden
Where can a cherry laurel hedge be grown?
The cherry laurelit prefers sunny areas, however it thrives well even in partial shade. In the north, better if planted in a sheltered position: the plant is not resistant to cold.
Temperatures below 10 ° C, in fact, can damage the foliage and cause burns to the outermost vegetation. In this case, the parts damaged by the cold will have to be removed with an intervention of pruning to be carried out at the end of winter.
With thepruning the cherry laurel hedge performed at the end of winter, it stimulates the development of new vegetation.
Secondly, thepruningit will be repeated only after flowering or when the plant begins to develop branches that project out of its original shape.
Cherry laurel hedge, diseases
Cherry laurel is a relatively hardy hedge. Betweenillnessesmost common that can attack thecherry laurelwe point out the powdery mildew or ill white. It is a fungal disease that occurs by covering the leaves, buds and buds of the plant with a white substance, often described as "white mold". Powdery mildew on thecherry laurel hedgeit generally appears in spring, when the weather is very humid (lots of rainfall). If left untreated, the white disease can remain on the plant until autumn, cease in winter and reappear in spring if the climatic conditions are favorable to the fungus.
To prevent the formation of this fungal disease, it is important that the plant gets proper watering. The plant should only be watered from March to September, but only when the plant is grown in pots. In the open field, the plant tends to settle for rainfall, requiring scarce irrigation only in the summer months.