Cotoneaster is an unpretentious shrub, but to create a beautiful and lush hedge out of it, you need to try. How to do it without unnecessary trouble, read our article.
Cotoneaster - an extremely versatile plant. Original foliage, dense crown and bright fruits make this shrub attract many gardeners.
What cotoneaster is best to create a hedge?
TOIsilnik is brilliant - tall shrub that is not afraid of frost, undemanding to the soil, can grow in the shade and brilliantly tolerates a haircut. Its beautiful, shiny dark green leaves on top, closer to the winter acquire a purple hue.
To create a hedge you can use and common cotoneaster, or single edge. It is strongly branched and can grow to a height of up to 2 m. Young shoots have woolly pubescence, but later become bare. This type of cotoneaster also has high winter hardiness.
Cotoneaster berries are preserved on bushes until late autumn
How to plant a cotoneaster?
For the formation of a hedge best suited two-, three-year seedlings.
When planted in one row, the optimal distance between seedlings is 20 cm, and the depth of the groove for planting is 40-50 cm.
To make the plant develop better, mix rotted manure or compost with earth and place the pits on the bottom.
What should I do if the kilogram fence is bare?
In the case of other ornamental shrubs, experienced gardeners recommend cutting off the ground part, leaving a stump 10–15 cm high. But the cotoneaster, such a radical haircut will not work, because this plant is slow-growing, and the shoots will not be able to restore their former decorative appearance.
So that the bushes do not become bare from below, annually in the summer (already at the beginning of June) you should cut the bush. This procedure will contribute to the development of new shoots in the lower part of the bushes. Just cut the bushes in the form of a cone or a trapezoid, so that there is light access to the lower branches. Otherwise, the shoots will grow well only at the top, and the lower ones will die out due to lack of light.
Regularly cut out dry and diseased branches, as well as large weakly branching shoots. Shorten strong annual shoots and remove the very old, growing from the ground.