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Photinia 'Red Robin' Planting & Care Guide

Photinia is one of the best-selling garden hedge varieties in the UK. Photinia hedges are popular for their vibrant, evergreen foliage and make for a great addition to any garden. It is fast-growing and can be maintained at anything from 1.5m upwards to 5-6m depending on your requirements and the variety selected. Providing year-round cover and interest from its wonderful red foliage and pretty white flowers in spring.

It can be kept as a single specimen shrub or trained into a neat hedge if clipped regularly.

Here are some tips for looking after your photinia hedge:

  1. Planting: Best planted between Autumn and Spring. Plant your photinia hedge in well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Ideal soil pH is between 5.5 and 7.5.

  2. Watering: Water your photinia hedge regularly, especially during the first year of growth. Deep watering is better than frequent shallow watering.

  3. Fertilizing: Apply a balanced fertilizer in early spring, just as new growth begins. You can also add a slow-release fertilizer to the soil around the hedge.

  4. Pruning: Prune your photinia hedge in late winter or early spring to promote bushier growth and maintain its shape. You can also prune again in mid-summer to remove any damaged or dead branches. Pruning also helps to encourage the vibrant new growth seen especially in spring.

  5. Pest and disease control: Keep an eye out for pests and diseases, such as leaf spot or powdery mildew. Use a fungicide or insecticide as needed to prevent and control these issues.

  6. Mulching: Mulch around the base of the hedge to help retain moisture in the soil and suppress weed growth.

By following these tips, you can keep your photinia hedge healthy and looking great for years to come.

For a guide to choosing the right photinia variety for you, read more here.

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