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Cornus, also known as Dogwoods, are beautiful trees that are used as feature plants as well as screens. Dogwoods flower in spring & summer and although the flowers are small, the range of colours from pink, red, cream and white are simply stunning.  Dogwoods thrive in locations that have diverse seasons and need a cold winter for maximum flowering.

How to grow cornus in your garden

  1. Choose a sunny spot with well drained soil. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. In areas with heavy or clay soil, to help improve soil structure and drainage, add gypsum and mix in well.
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball.  Remove the tree from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Form a raised or doughnut shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed.  Always water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, sugarcane or pea straw, keeping it away from the trunk. 
  5. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.  
  6. Cuttings can be taken in the summer and autumn and propagated also at this time.
  7. Feed in autumn and spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to promote strong root development, healthy foliage & flowers. Feed weekly in spring & summer when in flower with Yates Thrive Flowers and Roses Liquid Plant Food.
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How to grow cornus in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 500mm wide and deep. Position in full sun.
  2. Fill chosen pot with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter.  Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well.
  4. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  5. Feed in autumn and spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to ensure strong root development & healthy foliage & flowers.  Feed weekly in spring & summer when in flower with Yates Thrive Flowers and Roses Liquid Plant Food.

Growing tips

  • Some species have ediable fruits.
  • Plants can also be propagated by seed.
  • New plants can be propagated by layering of the stems.

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