Trees and shrubs

Privet: appreciated for its foliage


The privet is a beautiful shrub, often used as a hedge for its beautiful seasonal foliage.

The privet in summary:

Last name : Ligustrum
Family : Oleaceae
Type : Shrub

Height
: 1 to 3 m
Exposure : Sunny and partial shade
Ground : Ordinary

Foliage
: Semi-persistent -Flowering : Spring

Planting, pruning and maintenance are all things you can do to ensure good privet growth.

Planting privet

It is recommended plant privet in the fall, this is the best time to plant.

But you can also plant in spring subjects purchased in containers without too much hassle. It is then necessary to plan a regular watering during the 1st summer.

  • The privet appreciates sunny or partially shaded situations
  • For spring planting, plan to water more often at the start.
  • In hedge, respect a spacing of 80 cm between each plant.
  • Prefer a well-drained soil and follow our planting tips.

Privet in pot:

The cultivation of privet in pots is quite suitable.

  • Use a planting or universal type shrub soil
  • Make sure the pot is well drilled at the bottom for water drainage
  • Water regularly, as soon as the soil is dry on the surface
  • Avoid situations that are too hot in summer because the potted privet is more sensitive to heat

Propagation and cutting of privet

Privet is a shrub that multiplies quite easily by cuttings from twigs.

The privet cuttings take place at the end of summer, on semi-hardened wood, that is to say that has not yet hardened or browned but is in the hardening phase.

  • Take cuttings of about 15 cm.
  • Remove the bottom leaves so that only one or 2 pair (s) of leaves are left.
  • Plant the cuttings in special cutting soil or a mixture of peat and river sand.
  • Keep the substrate slightly damp.

Before winter and the first frosts,

  • Protect your cuttings with a tunnel, a greenhouse or any other means of maintaining them at a temperature between 5 and 10 °

In spring,

  • After any risk of frost, around mid-May, transplant into a larger pot.
  • Planting in the ground ‘will only take place in the fall

Pruning and maintenance of privets

Very often used for the composition of hedges, privet is an easy to maintain shrub.

The privet does not fear pruning, in spring and fall, do as you wish, especially if it is a hedge.

  • By pruning in spring, in rising sap, you will give more vigor to your privets which will have a faster growth.
  • By pruning in the fall, in descending sap, the growth will be slower and you will have a beautiful silhouette before winter.
  • The more often you prune it, the longer it will keep its leaves through the winter.
  • Tips for properly pruning shrubs

Watering privet:

Although privet is hardy and needs little watering, you will still need to be careful of hot summer months and droughts.

  • A mulching at the base of the privet helps retain moisture in the soil longer.
  • The potted privet needs to be watered when the soil is dry on the surface because the water needs are greater.

To know about privet

Indispensable in most parks and gardens, privet is especially widely used for hedges or windbreaks.
We will then prefer persistent species which offer opacity throughout the year.

On its own, you will also appreciate it for its flowering and the beauty of its small, shiny leaves.

Watering may be required in hot weather.
Beware of the scarcity of water on our planet, consume it in moderation and preferably in the evening to avoid evaporation.

Smart tip

Be careful not to eat the berries it produces as they are poisonous.


Read also on shrubs:

  • Flowering shrub ideas for a hedge
  • The hedge, the best defense against disease
  • Summer flowering shrubs

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