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Photinia (Photinia spp.) is one of the ‘big 5’ hedging plants.  They are seen everywhere due to their hardy, frost tolerant, drought tolerant, pest and disease free nature. The brilliant red new growth after pruning is an extra feature which makes it interesting to the eye together with its small white flowers that appear in spring.  Photinia really is the perfect hedge plant!


How to grow photinia in a 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 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.  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. Feed in autumn and spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to promote strong root development, healthy foliage and beautiful flowers.
  7. Prune on a regular basis to help bush the plants out. Prune in autumn for good flowering the following spring.
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How to grow photinia in a pot

  1. Pick a variety that can be grown in a pot.  Choose a pot at least 300mm wide and deep. Position in full sun.
  2. Fill chosen pot with quality potting mix, such as Yates Dynamic Lifter Potting Mix.  Remove the shrub from its container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in a 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 promote strong root development, healthy foliage and beautiful flowers.
  6. Prune on a regular basis to help bush the plants out. Prune in autumn for good flowering the following spring.

Growing tips

  • Make sure the soil is well draining.
  • Prune regularly to maintain the desired shape.
  • Mulch well to keep soil moist. 
  • Plant at least 1.5m apart in the garden so there is a bit of room for growth in the early stages.

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