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 Caring for Your Hebe

 On Arrival

As soon as your parcel arrives unpack the plant and remove the plastic bag from the pot, place it in the shade and water it to settle it down after its journey.  If the plant is to remain in the pot for a while before it is planted please take care to ensure it is kept moist – the sooner it can be planted out or potted into a larger container the better.

Planting

You only get the chance to plant once and this is the opportunity to give your new plant its best start at life!  

  1. Prepare a hole which is larger than the pot. Take care to break up the sides of the hole so they are not smooth and compacted (a fork is a better tool than a spade for planting).
  2. Incorporate some soil improver, an organic feed such as blood fish and bone meal can also be incorporated – make sure this is well mixed in. 
  3. Remove the plant from the pot and place the ‘rootball’ in the hole ensuring that it will sit just below the natural soil level (approx. 2cm)
  4. Fill in the gaps around the plant taking care not to leave any air gaps, without burying any leaves. 
  5. Firm the soil gently around the plant ensuring no air spaces are left between the rootball and the soil.
  6. Water thoroughly.

Watering

It will take your new plant a while to grow its roots into the soil and become self-sufficient, during this period of establishment it is important to keep it well watered.  Dependent upon the time of year you may need to water a plant for several months to give the roots time to form their own water collecting network in the soil. 

 

 Pruning

Hebe respond well to a light trim to create a bushy plant - when trimming do not cut back stems to bare branches as this may kill the plant, it is much better to trim lightly each year than to miss a year and trim too hard.  If a plant is overgrown it can be trimmed lightly to encourage growth from the base, then cut back harder once shoots are developing lower down.  Simply use a set of shears or secateurs to trim into a dome.  This is best done when the plant is in active growth from April to Late July - early flowering forms should be trimmed after flowering and late flowering forms early in the season.

Feeding

You can help your plant with the addition of a fertiliser - this can be either a liquid feed watered in or a granular fertiliser applied to the surface of the soil and watered in.

 

 
 

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