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As a location for a rock pear we recommend a sunny to partially shaded place with slightly sandy, well-drained, slightly acidic soil. In low-nutrient soils, some compost or whole fertilizer should be incorporated into the soil before planting. Rock pears are extremely undemanding, cope well with drought and grow on almost every garden soil. They thrive in full sun and in the light shade. Due to their small size, they also fit well in small gardens or front gardens.
Here we show you step by step how to plant a rock pear properly.
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Plant the pears correctly
The root ball should be dipped in a bucket of water before planting, including pot, so that it can thoroughly soak. Even the pot can be removed so later easier
Now lift a generously sized planting hole. It should be about one and a half to two times the size of the root ball in diameter and is marked by puncturing with the spade around the appropriately placed plant
By deep punctures with the spade loosen the bottom of the plant hole, so that the roots can penetrate deep into the ground
Gently pull the root ball of the rock pear out of the planter. If there are strong ring roots on the ground, these are cut out of the bale with the secateurs
The shrub is now placed in the middle of the planting hole. Align the crown vertically, making sure the bale surface is approximately level with the ground level. Then you can close the planting hole with the excavation again
The soil is now carefully compacted with the foot to remove the remaining voids in the soil
Form a small mound, the so-called pouring rim, around the plant with the rest of the earth. It prevents the irrigation water from flowing off to the side
By casting, you ensure a good ground connection between the root ball and the surrounding soil
Horn shavings on the root ball provide nutrients for a good growth of the newly planted rock pear
Finally, you should cover the root area about 5 inches high with bark compost. The mulch layer protects the soil from drying out and reduces weed growth
Moderately cut the pear bulb
The copper-pear (Amelanchier lamarckii) is one of the most popular spring-flowering shrubs and also offers edible fruits in summer and an attractive autumn color. It blooms most beautifully on two- to four-year-old branches. As the shrub naturally grows very loose and evenly, it does not cut. If you want to keep the shrub more compact, do not simply cut down the branches, but cut annually after flowering about a fifth of the older branches near the ground and leaves for a neighboring young shoot. Anyone who would like to raise the rock pear as a solitary shrub with a few strong scaffolding shoots, can stand three to seven shoots and annually removes the new ground shoots. To dense or inwardly growing branches in the upper area are illuminated.
Video: Transplant a shrub
Even larger shrubs can be excavated after a few years if necessary and transplanted to a new location. How this is done, shows you our garden expert Dieke van Dieken in the film.