Hornbeam – Carpinus Betulus 2-3ft

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Available October – March.

Hornbeam (Carpinus Betulus) is a deciduous tree with broadleafs and pale grey bark. Hornbeam is a great specimen or screening tree, perfect for formal gardens. Hornbeam also makes a fantastic hedge, great for pleaching. Strong timber. Deciduous with attractive yellow autumn colour. Hornbeam are hardy to wind and cold. We recommend planting 3-4 per metre. Height after 5 years: 4m Height when mature: 12m

Plant Guide

Bareroot plants are just that – plants with little or no soil on the roots. They are not actively growing at this time ( November – April ). The roots are exposed rather than in pots.

Plants that are bare-rooted should be planted asap. The roots should be kept moist at all times while exposed. Bareroot plants may be dormant, but they are still alive and should be treated carefully. After receiving your plants prepare them for planting as soon as possible. If the roots are dry, pour some water over the roots to freshen them up before planting.

Never leave exposed roots in the sun. The best of all is to try to be ready to plant as soon as the plants arrive. If it is not possible to plant immediately, then place the plants in a tub with good drainage holes, and fill it with compost that covers the roots to protect against the elements. They should be planted within a few days.

They can also be dug into a hole in the ground until ready to plant. When you are ready to plant, you can soak the plants in water just before placing in the planting hole. Compost or peat moss can be incorporated into the native soil. It is not necessary to add fertiliser to the planting at this stage unless it’s rootgrow (Bonemeal). If you are ready to plant then preparing not only the planting hole, but the plants are important.

While preparing the planting hole, you may put the bare-root plants in a bucket with a small amount of water to moisten the roots before planting. Dig the hole as deep as the roots, place in the hole and fill in with your soil or compost. Once planted water, and do so every three or so days.

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