Photinia hedge: general characteristics
Photinia is a small evergreen shrub that can reach about 4 meters in height. This plant is not found in nature because it is the result of a hybridization of several plants, including: P. glabra, and P. serrulata. It has a round crown made up of lanceolate or oval red leaves, which, when they sprout and until the autumn season, take on an orange or green color. During the spring season the hedge produces white and very fragrant inflorescences, which, during the summer season, are followed by rounded red fruits. At the end of flowering it is advisable to proceed with the pruning of the longer branches in such a way as to give the plant the desired shape, but also to allow it to grow healthier and more vigorous.
Photinia is a plant native to the regions of China and Japan. It has a thin stem with a brown bark: the foliage takes on a reddish color when it is developing and when it is about to fall. During the winter season it tends to orange. This specimen can be planted both to form protective hedges but also as a single plant. It is necessary to plant in a sunny or partially shady environment it is a very suitable plant for decorating public environments, as it is able to withstand both the cold winter days and the sultry ones of the summer season. In addition to these, it is good to know that his health is not compromised by the pollution and dust of the city. Watering should not be excessive because adult specimens get relief from the rains. With the end of the winter season it is convenient to fertilize it with organic and mature fertilizer.
Planting of the plant
The planting must take place during the autumn season in pots or bare root. In the first case it is necessary to remove the plant from the pot and check the condition of the roots, if they are tangled, they must be freed; the second step consists in creating a hole larger than the pot, inserting a drainage layer, fertilizer, a layer of earth and finally the bread of earth at the base. The operation ends with constant watering until the plant develops a good root system. If, on the other hand, you want to plant the bare root specimen, you need to: immerse the roots in a container full of water, seasoned manure and soil. Doing so facilitates the strengthening of the root system and its rehydration. Then a hole about 50 cm wide is dug, a drainage layer made up of sand, mature manure and common earth is placed on the bottom and the hole is closed.
Multiplication and parasites
The hedge, being a hybrid specimen, can be multiplied by means of semi-woody cutting. In other words, the cuttings are taken from the mother plant during the summer season and rooted in bowls containing peat and sand. This compound should always be moist until it is noticed that the new daughter plant has developed a solid root system. However, the plant must remain in the container for at least 2/3 years and only then can it be planted, where you want. As for the diseases and parasites that can affect this specimen, it is necessary to mention aphids and root rot. The presence of lice is noticed because they are arranged on the foliage, leading it to desiccation. They can be eliminated with very common pesticides and it is convenient to implement a sort of prevention. With regard to root rot, it is necessary to pay close attention to watering but also to the soil in which the plant sinks its roots, as, by exceeding with irrigations in a poorly drained soil, the roots can rot.