Viburnum lucidum is a small tree or shrub whose main use is ornamental and as a hedge, ie to separate areas or delimit parts of a garden. One of the main characteristics is that its leaves survive all year round, which gives this species a plus when choosing the plant to use as a hedge.
Height of Viburnum lucidum
Viburnum lucidum is a fast growing plant. It is estimated that it can grow up to 45 centimeters per year, and although it is not the most common, if the conditions are very favorable for it, it can usually reach 2 and a half meters in height.
Viburnum lucidum: main care
Frequent doubts when planting Viburnum lucidum in a hedge concern care and needs such as soil, irrigation, light, sun, size and reproduction, or possible diseases and pests that affect this species.
Viburnum lucidum: the most common diseases and pests
As for the pests that can affect this plant, aphids, the greenhouse whitefly and the leaf beetle viburnum are pests that affect many of the more than 150 species in the genus.
And diseases, although not very common, when the Viburnum lucidum plant has brown leaves or brown spots, it may be because the plant is suffering from diseases caused by fungi such as anthracnose and mildew.
In terms of watering frequency, it will generally suffice to water our Viburnum lucidum 2 times a week in winter, and 3 to 4 times in summer (4 times during the hottest weeks).
When he Viburnum lucidum has fallen leaves This is not due to disease, but to lack of irrigation. In this case, the regularity must be increased. This can happen especially in early summer, when temperature changes cause water to evaporate.
When he Viburnum lucidum features red leaves This may be due to excess chlorine in the water. That is why it is very important to let the water we use for irrigation rest, in order to avoid this type of problem.
Pruning of this tree is usually done for its use as a hedge, to give it the correct shape and direction. This type of pruning can be done throughout the year, while the heaviest pruning is done in late fall or early spring, after the cold season of the year.
Being a very resistant plant, it adapts quite well to many types of soil, but in general it will grow better if every one or two years we provide additional nutrients through organic matter, humus from earthworms, fertilizers or manure.
The same is true with the pH which, although it supports different levels of alkalinity or acidity in the soil, develops best at a pH between 6 and 7.5 and it is very important that the soil drains well.
Nothing to plant in shade or partial shade. The Viburnum lucidum hedge should be in a fully sunny area of the garden. Also, by the time the flowers come out, the more sunlight it receives, the more blooms our plant will have.
Propagation of Viburnum lucidum by cuttings and seeds
The Viburnum lucidum plant can be propagated or reproduced both by cuttings and by seeds. We choose a branch of about 20 centimeters with several nodes and we cut it. We remove the lower leaves and place them in water. We leave it that way until in a few weeks enough roots seem to be planting. We can use a house rooting for it.
If, on the other hand, we are going to reproduce this plant by seeds, we must germinate the seeds before planting it. Best to do this on blotting paper or paper towel and a spray bottle to moisten it. It will take several weeks to germinate, and it must be avoided that it is too wet because mold could appear.
Viburnum lucidum in a pot?
Although we can have our Viburnum lucidum specimen in a pot, its rapid growth will force us to move this plant to the ground as soon as possible. Therefore, we must bear in mind that if we want to have it in a pot, it must be a large and heavy pot, to prevent our plant from falling as it grows.
Generally speaking, most varieties of viburnum, including the Viburnum lucidum species, are not poisonous to humans and animals.
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