Bay Growing Guide
Grow your bay tree in a sunny position that is sheltered from cold drying winds which can damage the foliage. In colder areas where temperatures fall below -5ºC (23ºF), over winter in a greenhouse or conservatory. In Spring pot on your bay into a larger container using a good potting compost.
Eventually a 38–45cm (15–18”) container will be required. Keep well watered during the summer and apply a balanced fertiliser weekly. Once or twice during the summer months trim the plant to shape.
Olive Growing Guide
Olive Trees can be grown outdoors during the summer and in all but milder areas of the country will need the protection of a greenhouse or conservatory from autumn to spring. Best results will be obtained when grown at temperatures above 0ºC. A few degrees of frost can be tolerated provided it is not prolonged.
Rosemary Growing Guide
Your tree can be grown outside as Rosemary is a hardy plant. If you want to keep inside then please keep in a cool area. Prune the branches as required to maintain the pyramid shape. Keep watered in hot summer months. Keep plants in a sunny position.
Hops Growing Guide
The hop is a hardy, vigorous climber suitable for growing up a trellis, arch or pergola. If you are short of room it can be grown up a support in a large pot. Hops require a sunny spot and a fertile, well-drained soil. The flowers are produced in mid summer and followed by papery cones in autumn.
The plant will die down when the weather becomes frosty. Remove the dead foliage and apply a mulch of garden compost or well-rotted manure. Growth will recommence in spring.
Amelanchier Growing Guide
This easy to grow hardy shrub will thrive on most soils that are well drained. Choose a site in full sun or partial shade. Very little pruning is required other than to maintain a height of around 1.5m (5ft) and removing any dead, damaged or crossing branches in winter.
The white flowers are produced in spring and the fruit which are ready for harvesting when they ripen to a dark, reddish purple in July. The ripening berries should be protected from birds by netting as they start to turn from green to red.
Hedging Collections Growing Guide
Plant the trees as soon as possible, if there is to be a delay due to soil conditions being unsuitable heel in the plants in a spare piece of ground by digging a hole and firming soil over the roots. Dig the area to be planted ensuring that all perennial weeds have been removed. Prior to planting soak the plants in a bucket of water for approximately two hours.
Plant a double staggered row, at spacing of 45-60cm (18-24”) between plants. The second row of five plants are planted 30cm (12”) from the first row, planting the plants in the centre of the two plants immediately in front to give a double staggered row. This will produce a thick hedge that can be easily maintained at a height of around 180-213cm (6-7ft).