Escallonia almost destroyed last winter (3rd time in 10 yrs). Wish to replace it with a box hedge. Have cut down to base of trunk but do want not to remove roots with digger. What is best way to kill off roots so that I can plant bare rooted box in Oct.?
Unfortunately if you hope to replant the area you will need to remove the root system of the Escallonia.
This will insure the best success with your new plantings.
Here is a link with more information.
I have a 5 year old Escallonia hedge that was nearly ruined by the last two bad winters. I'm in Zone 8. I had it pruned right down so that all the dead wood was removed. It is showing some green growth but a lot of yellow leaves also. Just wondering if it will come back at all or should I remove the whole thing. What about fertilizer and what kind? I usually fertilized it every spring once it warmed up but haven't yet this year. I would hate to lose this hedge, as it is perfect for looks and privacy.
You may be on the outside edge of wintering over this hedge if you have all ready had winter die back.
It needs to be in a protected area.
Here is an article to refresh you on the care requirements.
How long will Escalonia live when properly maintained. I have a gardener that is telling me that the plants look bad because they are at the end of their lives. I'm inclined to think its a lack of water.
These plants can live 20 to 50 years.
This link will refresh you on the care requirements.
When is the best time to plant escallonia?
Escallonia can be planted in the spring or fall, anytime the weather is not excessively hot. It is best to plant when it is not in bloom, in very early spring or in late fall, but the plant has a long blooming season so it can be hard to find that time.
Please can you help... My escallonia are planted in sun, they're 12 months old & healthy, growing well. It's now late spring after a cold, wet & very windy winter in Melbourne. I have lots of green foliage but no buds or flowers... why???
If they need pruning, escallonia should be pruned in late summer. Pruning in the late fall or spring could cause lack of flowering.
Here are some general reasons a plant would not flower:
Hello all, Does anyone knows that what’s this plant? I have been searching still cant find it. Many thanks
Thank you for sending us your gardening question.
Possibly an Escallonia. Have you seen any flowers yet? When it flowers you an get a better identification.
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I have an escallonia hedge about 6 feet high and over 2 feet thick. It is 16 year old. While the top grows vigorously the sides have become rather bare. Is there anything I can do about this?
The primary issue is most likely to be sunlight access, if the health tops is shading out the light to the sides.
Without a photo I can only guess based on experience, that pruning of the top will allow more sunlight to reach the lower portions on the sides. Thinning can help, if you or your gardener know how to get in there and open up the densely foliated top to allow some filtered light to penetrate. And/or height reduction pruning. Sometimes a radical reduction in spring is needed to stimulate new growth.
Another pruning technique is to shape the hedge with the lower portion wider and tapering in at the top. That way, even at high noon the sunlight can reach the lower portion of the hedge.
Good soil fertility and water management should also be considered.