The glossy loquat is an attractive evergreen grove that can be found in almost every garden. No wonder, because the wood is easy to plant and also easy to care for.Glossy medlars like damp soils The glossy medlar is hardwood that is evergreen. It is also known as laurel medlar and is one of the rose family. There are sixty species worldwide, the majority of which are planted in Central Europe. The particularly common Photinia davidana here has a mixed foliage of green and red. The red leaves are older and stand out clearly in winter. With a height of up to eight meters, it is ideally suited to be used as a hedge. Another hedge plant that is one of the glossy medlars is the Photinia fraserie. The Photinia villosa is suitable as a single plant.
How to properly plant the loquat
If you want to get the loquat in the garden, you have to consider a few things when choosing a location. Generally the plant needs:
- a moist location
- a well drained soil
- a protected location
A protected site is often located near walls. It is only important that the floor is moist, but can not build up waterlogging. It helps if you mix the soil with humus during planting and incorporate new humus into the soil every spring. It is also important to mulch regularly.
It is best to plant the loquat in spring or autumn. The distance between the individual plants should be about half of the growth. When planting hedges, you should never plant more than two plants per meter.
This is how you properly maintain the loquat
Watering & fertilizing:
If the medlar also prefers a moist soil, it will lose the leaves as soon as it comes into contact with waterlogging. You should therefore regularly check the structure of the floor. Pour the medlar as soon as the top layer of the soil has dried. Fertilization is only necessary in spring. You can use almost any liquid fertilizer for this.
Then cut back the shiny cotoneaster in spring. To do this, wait for the flower to bloom and light up the plant. You should only avoid cutting off all panicles with flowers. Otherwise the glossy loquat cannot form fruit. Since the plant grows up to forty centimeters annually, you can cut back vigorously. Only at the beginning of the hedge formation it is necessary that you keep the cutting short and only remove branches that are clearly excess.
The glossy loquat is hardy and can easily withstand temperatures below minus 20 degrees Celsius. Only young plants around the trunk should be protected with some brushwood so that they do not die in cold winters.