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It can be planted all year long if the soil is not frozen and youcan water well when conditions are dry. Mid March to April and midSeptember to October are the best times to plant this shrub. Prepare a mix of garden soil with added grit combined with organic compost and well-rotted manure and blend the two mixes in approximately a 7:3 ratio.

Young plants may need daily watering, whilst mature plants in containers will need less frequent, though regular, watering. accept the fact that the position of the plant is the cause, dig itup and plant something there which can cope better. You may want to takecuttings before you do this, read our section below on propagation. says to prune individual stems just above a leaf node. In our experience thoughno special techniques are necessary. In fact we have taken a hedge trimmer toprune ours without any bad effects at all. Whatever method you use, it seems theplant sprouts healthy new red shoots.Though open-ground photinias do not need feeding, container-grown ones will do better with a spring shot of fertiliser.

The cuttings should begin to root in two to three weeks and at this pointremove the plastic bag. The cuttings should then grow and the best time toplant them out in their final position is next April / May when the dangerof frost has passed. Fill an 8cm wide pot with multi-purpose and insert three evenlyspaced cuttings in it about 4cm / 1.5in deep. Soil that is light, friable, moderately fertile, and free-draining is best for photinias in containers. Be sure that the soil line of the stems is the same as it was in the old container, or just a tad higher. How Many Can You Plant Per Pot? The plant should be fed monthly between mid March to mid August with a handful of blood, fish and bone.It will of course require regular watering. Wait each time until the top 3cm of thecompost is dry and then water well.Disease resistance is good with the exception of leaf spot. See oursection below on pests and diseases of this shrub for top tips aboutavoiding this problem.

Our suggested routine would be an annual prune in early to mid June when the flowers are dead or dying down. If you prune at this time of year you will be likely to have flowers again the next year. Photinias are commonly grown in open ground, but you might also be wondering if you can grow these stunning plants in pots. Can You Grow Photinia In Pots? During that time keep the rooted cuttings in a cold greenhouse or outsidein a shaded position out of the way of harsh weather. They may well needwatering, keep the compost slightly moist but not waterlogged. When established a Photinia Red Robin will look after itself. It rarelyneeds watering except in severe drought and will grow quite happily onaverage ground without the need of additional feeds. It will need pruningonce or twice a year to keep it in shape and to size. We have noticed that it is the shaded side of plants which are most affected.The above photo shows the sun side of a Red Robin which is totally unaffected byleaf spot. The shade side was affected, but only to a minor degree.A single Red Robin will grow very happily in a large container. A diameter of 45cm or more is about right. If you opt to grow a largeish, spreading variety in a container, a planter would be very suitable. Compost Requirements Firstly, the container should be large enough to accommodate your photinia variety at its given stage of maturity. However, in the colder parts of the country, especially in winter, it would be wise to avoid northern exposure and keep them in a sheltered spot.

If the soil is heavy or is not free draining addlots of well rotted compost to the area and dig it in well. Pruning is as described above although you may want to prune more frequently tokeep the plant to shape and an appropriate size for the container. It does helpif the shrub is in a heavy container to avoid it easily being blown over. PESTS AND DISEASES OF RED ROBINS Main interest is from bright red leaf tips which turn green as theymature. If left unpruned the previous year, it produces masses of tinywhite flowers in June. The flowers are attractive but the scent is not!

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For these products we offer a delivery service Local to Trowell Garden Centre, delivering with our own transport. Most cultivars put out young leaves that are in shades of pink and red while a minority have coppery, bronze, marbled or cream-edged foliage. It is fully hardy in almost all areas of the UK withstandingtemperatures down to -12°C. In protected position, it is hardy to afew degrees lower. See the comments question / answer section (comment datedApril 2018) at the end of this article if your Red Robin has lost many of itsleaves during a particularly cold winter. Remove the pot from the water and cover it with cling film or asmall plastic bag and support it so that it does not touch the leaves.Plant markers are good for this purpose. Where the plant is only partially affected the solution is to remove spottedleaves and burn them as soon as they are noticed. Where the damage is moresevere you have two choices:

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