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Cotoneaster


Cotoneaster:




There are many species and varieties of cotoneaster, all very common in gardens. Some have an erect habit, although the most widespread are ground cover and creeping varieties. It is a rustic shrub, suitable for forming borders, small hedges, or even as a single specimen. It produces small leaves and small white flowers in spring, which almost completely cover the plant. It is planted in a sunny place, does not need a particularly rich soil and tends to adapt even in non-ideal conditions. The young plants should be watered as soon as they are placed at home, and afterwards it is good to moisten the soil during the summer, but only after waiting for it to be well dried. At the end of winter, we spread mature manure near the plants, or slow release granular fertilizer. With time the cotoneasters tend to become disordered shrubs, with twisted branches; to maintain a denser and more compact shrub it is good to periodically prune the plant, shortening all the branches by at least a third. This operation is usually carried out in late summer, or after flowering. Pruning at the end of winter deprives us of most of the buds, and therefore of the flowers.