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The genus Eleagnus includes a large number of plants, but in the garden only 3-4 are used, especially the evergreen species, also in varieties with variegated leaves, particularly decorative. They are rustic plants, widespread in nature throughout the northern hemisphere, which are well resistant to the climate present in Italy and which do not fear the cold or the dry conditions of the summer months. The specimens that have been staying for a few years generally do not need watering, although it is important to prevent the soil from remaining dry for very long, especially in the spring and autumn months. In case of particular lack of rain it is advisable to water in these times of the year, at least once a week. It may happen that the plants suffer from drought even in the height of summer: from June until late August it is advisable to repeat the watering every time the soil is dry. The specimens cultivated in pots will have to be watered more frequently, from April to September, but avoid leaving them in a soil that is always soaked with water.

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Grow the eleagnus

The cultivation of the Eleagnus is not particularly complex, also because all the species and varieties that can be commonly found in the nursery are completely rustic and therefore perfectly withstand even the most intense frost that can occur in winter. They can be grown in the ground and are also suitable for creating dense and compact hedges, especially the evergreen species. In this case it is advisable to repeat the pruning at least a couple of times a year, or you risk that the shrubs become excessively bulky, or that the hedge takes an unpleasant shape, with many branches emerging from the ideal foliage. The eleagnus is a rustic plant, given that there are several varieties it can also be used in the mixed border, mixing exclusively Eleagnus plants, giving life to a very pleasant and hedged hedge. In spring, or in autumn, depending on the species, it produces small, intensely scented white flowers.

Fertilize the eleagnus

Specimens placed in the ground generally do not need fertilizing, although it is advisable to mix manure with the ground at the time of planting. Over the years, it may be useful to spread granular slow release fertilizer at the foot of the shrubbery, or pelleted manure. In this way the fertilizer will carry out its action over the months, without the need for further fertilizing interventions. These products are used about a couple of times a year: between the end of winter and the beginning of spring, and in late autumn. The specimens grown in pots instead have more urgent needs, because the roots can rapidly depauperare the soil present in the container of its mineral salts. In these cases it is preferable to use liquid fertilizer, to be mixed every two weeks with the water used for watering, from March to April, until the first cold autumn arrives.

Eleagnus: Pests and diseases

Eleagnus plants should be planted preferably in the ground, in a sunny position; they can develop at best even in partial shade conditions, but where they can receive at least a few hours of direct sunlight every day. They do not like the dense shadow or even the conditions of extreme humidity that often occur in this type of position. If they remain in a heavy and damp soil for a long time, the specimens of Eleagnus can be affected by root or collar rot, which must be treated with appropriate fungicides. The high spring humidity can also stimulate the development of aphids, which nest on the leaves and on the tender shoots. These insects should be quickly eradicated using special broad-spectrum insecticides. Other problems concerning the Eleagnus generally depend on incorrect growing conditions: excessive amounts of water can make the foliage wither.


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  3. Mezisar

    Great, useful information

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