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Help with Photinia

We have a Photinia Red Robin that was looking nice and bushy last autumn, but this spring has become a little sad and straggly looking and although there's some new growth it looks to be on the decline, even though I've cleared out a lot of the undergrowth and weeds from around the base. It's quite an old plant, judging by the size. Is there anything I can do to improve it's health - should I mulch or fertilise? Any advice much appreciated.

Comments (4)

  1. Grower

    Stafford Lake Nursery

    You could try cutting it back fairly hard and giving it a bit of fertilizer, not high nitrogen but a balanced one. Photinia is pretty tough, but doesn't like very damp or shady spots.

  2. Grower


    Thanks - will give that a go. This one is in a dry position in full sun, and has been for a long time by the looks of it, something must have upset it.

  3. Grower


    Have cut back and fertilised about a month ago, but sadly this has as yet shown no sign at all of any regrowth - it really looks like its done for, but I wonder how long I need to give it to see if it picks up? Removing it would open up quite a large space in the bed for a new shrub or two, which in truth I'm more excited about than having the Photinia recover!

  4. Grower

    Expressions Garden Planning & Design

    Best time to prune Photinia would have been November to February.

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