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Blackthorn is second to none when it comes to providing a barrier against pets, animals and intruders. For hedging where security is a priority, you need a hedge that is super tough, against the weather and those trying to get through your barrier. Not only is Blackthorn super tough, it also looks fantastic. White flowers burst alongside protruding thorns in March and dark glossy green leave appear soon after. It will grow perfectly well in most soils and make a great barrier in exposed areas; however, they prefer a full sun position.
|Type Bare Root||Height 20-30cm||Age 2 Years (1＋1)||Delivery 3-4 Days||Plants Per Bundle 25||1+ £15.00 £12.50 (£0.50 Per Plant) (£0.60 Per Plant)||2+ £13.80 £11.50 (£0.55 Per Plant) (£0.46 Per Plant)||10+ £12.60 £10.50 (£0.50 Per Plant) (£0.42 Per Plant)||20+ £12.00 £10.00 (£0.48 Per Plant) (£0.40 Per Plant)|
|Type Bare Root||Height 30-40cm||Age 2 Years (1＋1)||Delivery 3-4 Days||Plants Per Bundle 25||1+ £19.80 £16.50 (£0.66 Per Plant) (£0.79 Per Plant)||2+ £18.60 £15.50 (£0.74 Per Plant) (£0.62 Per Plant)||10+ £17.40 £14.50 (£0.70 Per Plant) (£0.58 Per Plant)||20+ £15.60 £13.00 (£0.62 Per Plant) (£0.52 Per Plant)|
Blackthorn is second to none when it comes to providing a barrier against pets, animals and intruders. For hedging where security is a priority, you need a hedge that is super tough, against the weather and those trying to get through your barrier.
For this, you need strong plants. All of our Blackthorn is grown right here in the UK, at our nursery in Herefordshire. Our iron rich-soil is chock full of minerals and nutrients that promote strong growth and give you exceptionally hardy plants. Our fields are spread across the base of the Malvern Hills, in regions of intense varied weather, so all our plants have grown accustomed to our harsh UK climate, just as nature intended. We grow them strong without any nasty chemical fertilisers too, so our plants will thrive in your garden just as well on regular natural composts.
Not only is our Blackthorn super tough, they also look fantastic, starting in March where you’ll see white flowers bursting forth alongside those protruding thorns. The flowers appear before any leaves, which arrive soon after. The leaves themselves are small, and have a dark glossy green colouring, which is helped along by the iron content of our unique soil while they’re growing. They grow quite dense, making them fantastic shelters for plenty of wildlife.
In autumn, you’ll see the Blackthorn’s deep purple berries (called sloes) appearing underneath the flowers. These will make you popular with the local birds, and if they haven’t snacked on all of them when November comes around you can collect them to make your own sloe gin.
Since our Blackthorn has grown tough and hardy right here in the UK, they’ll be perfectly happy in most soils - even poor, heavy or coastal. They make a great barrier in exposed areas, thanks to being treated to our harsh Hereford weather all year. They do prefer a full sun position, however (and when they look this good, you won’t want to hide them in the shade
|Hardiness Rating||H5, H6|
|Foliage Colour (Main Interest)||Green|
|Time to Ultimate Height (years)||20-50|
|Rate of Growth (per year)||Slow (0-20cm)|
|Soil Moisture||Moist but well-drained|
|Soil Type||Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand|
|Soil pH||Acid, Alkaline, Neutral|
|Availability||January, February, March, April, November, December|
|Amount of Sunlight||Full Sun|
|Aspect||North-Facing, East-Facing, South-Facing, West-Facing|
|Delivery Time||1 Working Day|
Why Buy Bare Root Plants
Bare root plants are the perfect choice when you are creating a hedge on a budget. This method of planting is the most cost and time efficient, allowing us to pass those savings on to you, and significant discounts are available for buying bare root plants in bulk. Grown outdoors in its basic form all year round - No pot, no peat, no heat - our bare root stock comes with the added assurance that it’s acclimatised to British winters, hardy as nature intended. Grown from seed in rich Herefordshire soil all our bare roots plants are available at varying sizes and ages to fit any hedge development.
Bare root plants are lifted to order from November until March when they are dormant to reduce the shock of transplanting them. Bare Root hedging is delivered without soil on the roots. this means that you don't have to pay for the weight of the soil as you would with a Root Balled plant, making them more cost effective. We recommend that all Bare Root hedging plants should be planted as soon as possible as the plant is still alive and the roots need to be kept moist.
If you are unable to immediately plant your bare roots plants, we recommend a number of storage guidelines to ensure they remain healthy out of the ground. Store them in a cool, dry, dark location, making sure they are not exposed to any wind or frost. Do not soak the roots in a bucket of water as they will retain the right amount of moisture needed, you can water them well once they are planted if you are concerned the roots are too dry.
How we Measure Our Bare Root Plants
Our plants are usually measured by height - '30-40cm' means a plant is between 30cm and 40cm high measured from soil level to the top of the plant - the roots are not included in the measurement.
|(0/1)||1 Year Old - Hardwood cutting taken from a strong, healthy shoot on a mature plant. Cutting is grown outdoors for 1 year to develop a healthy root system.|
|(1+0)||1 Year Old - 1 year seedling grown at wide spacing. Seedling is undercut (roots are trimmed below the soil) during the growing season to promote a compact and fibrous root system and regulate plant height. This makes it a cheaper specification suitable when planting where weed competition will be less intense, soil is shallow or on exposed windy sites. Give high root to shoot ratio and minimal plant 'check'.|
|(1+1)||2 Year Old - Our 1 year old seedlings have been grown in seed beds and then lined out for 1 year. They commonly range from 40-60cms or 60-80cms and is often the best choice and the staple norm. Gives robust plant with fibrous and compact roots.|
|(1u1)||2 Year Old - Our 1 year old seedlings are undercut and grown in situ for 1 further year. The effect of this gives a slimmer, straighter plant.|
|(1+2)||3 Year Old - Our 1 year old seedlings have been grown in seed beds and then lined out for 2 years. The effect of this gives a stocky, bushier plant.|
|(2+1)||3 Year Old - 2 year old plant lined out for a further year. Gives stockier, bushier plant.|
|(1+3)||4 Year Old - 1 year old seedling grown in seed bed then lined out for 3 years. Gives stocky, bushier plant.|
|(2+2)||4 Year Old - 2 year old plant lined out for 2 further years. Gives stocky, bushier plant.|
Planting your hedging plants at the correct distance is essential for ensuring a great end result. The type of hedge you require will determine the planting style and distance of your plants.
A single row works well in most garden environments, however a double staggered planting design is great for creating a dense hedge to deter intruders or to create a wind break.
There are a number of variables that will decide the planting distance of your hedging plants; how vigorous a plant is, its habit, form and spread will all play a role in the final appearance of your hedge. For example: Bare root Yew should not really be planted any closer than 3 plants per metre due to its vast established spread, whereas a tight Box hedge should be planted with 5 plants in a single row.
Our rough guide of planting distances:
|Plant Height||Recommended Planting Density
|Up to 100cm||3-5 per metre for a single row|
|Up to 100cm||5-7 per metre for a double row|
|100 - 175cm||3 per metre for a single row|
|100 - 175cm||5 per metre for a double row|
|175cm +||2 per metre for a single row|
|175cm +||4 per metre for a double row|
Remember that these planting densities should be used as a guide only.