How Do You Care for Otto Luyken Laurel?

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The Otto Luyken laurel is an evergreen plant that, although native to Europe and the Middle East, can be grown in the United States. To care for your plant, you need well-drained soil, mulch, fertilizer, pruning shears and water.

  1. Plant the laurel

    Plant the laurel in a location with plenty of sun and well-drained soil. If the weather is extremely hot, make sure the plant gets enough shade.

  2. Water the plant

    Water the plant at least once a week. During the first year, the soil needs to be kept moist to a depth of 12 inches. Reduce watering after the first year when the plant is well-rooted and established.

  3. Add mulch

    Add 3 inches of mulch to the soil. Mulch made from organic materials, such as pine needles, shredded leaves and wood chips, is the best option as it keeps the soil moist and the roots cool.

  4. Apply fertilizer

    Apply slow-release fertilizer to the plant each spring. Remove any debris from the soil before spreading the fertilizer.

  5. Prune the hedges

    Prune the hedges of the plant every spring with pruning shears by removing dead and diseased branches. Although pruning the laurel helps to encourage growth, keep in mind that pruning too aggressively inhibits blossoming.