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Question: Laurel hedge that does not grow

I am kindly asking you for information about this problem: the laurel plants that I placed to build a hedge in my garden have not experienced any type of relevant growth for a year now despite sprouting in the summer.

Thank you for your valuable advice.

with regard

Luca Copparoni.


Answer: Laurel hedge that does not grow

Dear Luca,

It is likely that the problem of your plants is related to the type of soil in which they are located. Now as you will certainly know laurel plants (probably in your case

it is lauro cerasus) are very vigorous and require little care. There are two main problems. The first is that the leaves are almost every year attacked by fungal diseases (white headache) and therefore they must be treated with fungicides (also preventively). The second is that they are very vigorous plants, so in a relatively short time (5-10 years) they tend to lose the leaves in the part

lower trunk. In your case, however, the plants do not seem to give great results. If the plants have been planted recently, they may not have yet

rooted well. It may also be that it is particularly poor soil and that

therefore there is not enough organic substance. Finally, they may not be sufficiently watered. If, on the other hand, the soil is not sufficiently drained and the watering has been frequent, it is possible that the plants have been attacked by root rot.

I would tend to exclude parasite attacks on the roots.

I believe it is likely, therefore, that with a good nitrogen-based fertilization (not too much!) And adequate watering the plants should give good results.

Unfortunately I am not able to give you more precise indications, not having much information. Do not hesitate to contact us again, if you want, maybe adding some other detail that can help us.

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