cotoneaster - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by morariu_miha
October 9, 2005
I want to now some details about cotoneaster belle. Propagation? Growth habit? Thank you...mihaela

Answer from NGA
October 9, 2005
Cotoneaster is an evergreen to semievergreen ground cover with tiny leaves and red berries in winter. Cotoneaster thrives in USDA zones 5 to 8. They grow best in full sunshine, in well draining soils.

For best growth, dig a hole for each plant no deeper than the plants were growing in the containers. Space the holes 1 foot apart.

Add a light application of organic fertilizer to the planting holes before setting the plants in.

Mulch around but not on top of the plants with 3 inches of organic compost.

Water well until soil is completely moist the first year only - cotoneaster doesn't need extra water once it's established.

Prune out the oldest stems every two years using bypass pruners or a pruning saw.

The low, arching branches of cotoneaster look good spilling over the top of a wall, or planted at the base of a fence or wall for the stems to grow up against. In winter, the berried branches have a herringbone look. Three plants will fill in a space that's 4 feet by 4 feet in about three years.

Plants are easily propagated by tip cuttings or by layering.

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