A hedge radiating in fiery red, which also produces thousands of small flowers in summer - this is truly a Hollywood-worthy performance! The exceptional color of the Photinia fraseri Devil's Dream® makes this performance possible. And the best part: it is not difficult at all to plant a Photinia hedge yourself. We will show you how (and when) to do it best.
1. Step: To ensure that your hedge is later beautifully accurate, start by stretching a planting line. It should run exactly where the center line of the hedge will be. Pay attention to the correct distance from the property boundary and other plants: Devil's Dream® can grow untrimmed up to 4.50 meters wide, but with regular pruning, you can keep the hedge at a width of 60 cm.
2. Step: Remove the plants from their pots and position them about 20 cm apart from each other next to the planting line.
3. Step: Then grab your shovel and dig the planting trench. Its depth should be about twice the diameter of the root ball, and the length should be determined based on your plans for the hedge width.
4. Step: Loosen the roots by hand. Don't worry if some roots break off. Devil's Dream® is uncomplicated in this regard as fine hair roots will regrow at the damaged sites, allowing the plant to absorb water and nutrients more effectively.
5. Step: Thoroughly water the plants for the hedge so that they are well-nourished for their start in hedge life. To do this, dip the root balls into a bucket or container of water. Press them underwater until no more air bubbles rise. The absence of bubbles is a sign that the root ball is sufficiently watered.
6. Step: Now the plants are ready to come together to form a hedge. Plant them at a distance of around 35 cm from each other in the planting trench - this corresponds to three plants per running meter. (Depending on the size of the plants, the distance can also be slightly larger.) It is also important to plant the hedge at the correct depth: the top of the root ball should be level with the surrounding soil surface. The individual plants should neither stick out nor be placed in a depression.
7. Step: To promote root formation and provide the hedge with everything it needs for good growth right from the start, you can mix the excavated soil with some humus-rich planting soil before putting it back into the planting trench. Photinia plants love nutrient-rich, loose, and well-drained soils and thrive particularly well under these conditions.
8. Step: Distribute the soil mixture sufficiently around all plants so that they have a firm hold.
9. Step: Finally, carefully tamp down the soil with your foot.
The hedge is in place! There are just two important steps left to complete: First, your Devil's Dream® plants need to be pruned. This so-called planting pruning will promote vigorous and dense growth in the hedge later on. Simply trim back all unbranched shoots by about half. Secondly, you should ensure a good connection between the root ball and the garden soil by generously watering the plants.
You will quickly notice how much joy your Devil's Dream® will bring you: With its incredible display of colors, attractive blooms, and beautiful berries in winter, this hedge - devil or not - enriches the garden more than any other hedge plant. It is also easy to maintain and highly tolerant of pruning. That's why even beginners can rely on Devil's Dream® for lasting success!
Although Devil's Dream® is not picky and hardly minds anything, the best time to plant the hedge is in spring or autumn. This way, the shrubs have enough time to acclimate and establish their roots in the moderate season. Container plants can be planted year-round. The fiery red growth is especially vibrant in a sunny or semi-shady location - preferably protected from the wind.