Planting medlar - you have to take this into account when choosing your location & care

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The medlar is an attractive evergreen wood that can be found in almost every garden. No wonder, because the wood is easy to plant and easy to care for.

Bright medlars like moist soil

The loquat is hardwood, which is evergreen. It is also known as laurel medlar and is one of the rose family. There are sixty species worldwide, with mainly Photinia davidana planted in Central Europe. The most common Photinia davidana has a mixed foliage of green and red. The red leaves are older and stand out clearly in winter. With a stature height of up to eight meters, it is ideally suited to be used as a hedge. Another hedge plant, which is one of the glossy medlar, is the Photinia fraserie. As an individual plant is the Photinia villosa.

So you plant the glossy medlar properly

If you want to get the medlar mushrooms in the garden, you have to pay attention to the siting. Generally the plant needs:

  • a wet location
  • a permeable floor
  • a protected location
  • penumbra

A sheltered location is not uncommon near walls. It is only important that the soil is moist, but can not form waterlogging. It helps if you mix the soil with humus already at planting and incorporate new humus into the soil each spring. It is also important to mulch regularly.

It is best to plant the medlar in spring or autumn. The distance between the individual plants should be about half of the growth. For hedge planting you should never set more than two plants to one meter.

So you take care of the glossy medlar properly

Pouring & Fertilizing:

If the loquat also prefers a moist soil, it loses its leaves as soon as it comes into contact with waterlogging. You should therefore check the floor regularly for its structure. When the top layer of the soil has dried, pour the glossy medlar. Fertilization is necessary at most in spring. For this you can use almost any liquid fertilizer.

To cut:

In the spring, cut the loquat then back a little. To do this, wait for the flower and clear the plant. You should only avoid cutting all panicles with flowers. The medlar may not otherwise produce fruit. Since the plant grows up to 40 centimeters per year, you can cut back vigorously. Only at the beginning of hedging, it is necessary that you keep the cutting short and only clear overhanging branches.


The medlar is hardy and can easily tolerate temperatures below minus 20 degrees Celsius. Only young plants should be protected around the trunk with a little bit of brushwood, so that they do not go into cold winters.

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