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If you’re looking for a fast growing hedging plant then Pittosporum (Pittosporum spp. ) is one to consider.  Available in many varieties that offer various sizes of leaves and colours ranging from deep green to silvery-green and almost pure beige/off-white.  Pittosporum is soft, bushy, dense and sophisticated. It ticks all the hedge boxes!

How to grow pittosporum 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 and healthy foliage.
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How to grow pittosporum 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 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 promote strong root development & healthy foliage.

Growing tips

  • Make sure the soil is well draining.
  • Water regularly during establishment and warmer months.
  • Prune regularly to maintain the desired form.
  • Mulch well to keep soil moist.
  • We suggest planting at 0.8 to 1.0m spacing for a screen/hedge.
  • Can grow up to 1.0m a year.

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