Cultivating conifers - 5 tips

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Cultivating conifers is actually quite easy, because they are extremely robust. Nevertheless, you should take best note of our 5 care tips.

Conifers are very easy to care for

Almost all coniferous plants are among the evergreen plants that conjure even a little color in the individual gardens even in winter. In addition, they are considered extremely robust in our latitudes, often hardy and, moreover, absolutely easy to care for. Which is why they are very popular in the gardens as specimen plants or group plants (partly also suitable for hedgerow design).

However, it is always important that you always consider their expected size and width when planting coniferous trees. Also, the growth (fast or slow growing) of individual coniferous trees often plays a decisive role in the purchase decision.

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Conifers are far more attractive when planted in combination with flowering deciduous shrubs. Extremely small conifers are also suitable for a pot planting and / or grave planting. However, you then need more intensive care. (Link tip: Plant coniferous trees - When is the best time for that?)

Interesting breed forms

In the meantime, the specialist trade even offers different cultivated forms of individual conifers whose growth heights, cone shapes and cone colors, etc. can be perfectly adapted to the needs of modern gardens. How about a monkey-tailed tree or a blue cones with blue cones?

However, it also requires appropriate care of the coniferous so that you enjoy the individual plants long enough with their appearance. Here are some important tips that you should take into account when cultivating conifers.

Cultivating conifers - 5 tips

Tip 1 - Pour:

The evergreen trees should always be watered regularly in the first year of planting and protected from excessive sunlight (for example, by an awning). This avoids so-called radiation damage and dehydration damage, which otherwise can not be properly compensated for many years.

For all coniferous trees, you must always keep in mind that due to the density of the branches, only very little water usually gets into the root area. That's why you need to water your coniferous trees well during prolonged periods of drought. Otherwise, the conifers soon bear only brown needles.

Tip 2 - Loosen up the earth:

In principle, you should loosen the soil around a coniferous tree once a year (in spring or autumn) with a rake. If necessary, you can also incorporate a little natural compost at the same time.

When loosening up you should at the same time also remove all fallen needles roughly, whereby you can largely prevent an infestation with fungal diseases.

Tip 3 - Fertilize:

Also, most coniferous trees also thank their gardener for a once-a-year full-feed, e.g. by spreading blue-grain around the trunk area.

Tip 4 - Remove bent branches:

By e.g. Wind-kinked branches should always be removed immediately from the conifers (cut as gently as possible). Furthermore, you should always free the branches during winter months from heavy snow load.

Tip 5 - pruning / shape cutting:

Basically, you should renounce a radical pruning or shape cutting in all conifers, because many species then drive on the old wood is no longer fresh. The result: there are bald spots. This tip you have to consider especially in a hedge planting!

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