Images Depict Mature Plants
Images Depict Mature Plants
Otto Luyken Laurel
Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken'
Otto Luyken is a dwarf English laurel. It is a lush, compact, evergreen shrub that offers year-round interest with glossy dark green leaves. Its fragrant white flowers are followed by small black ornamental berries.
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|1 Gallon Pot||$22.95||
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|3 Gallon Pot||$59.95|
Espoma Bio-Tone Starter Plus
4 LB Bag
Soil Soaker Hose
50 Feet Long
Espoma Plant-Tone Fertilizers
4 LB Bag
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Otto Luyken Laurel for Sale Online
Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel is a selection that grows shorter than other cherry laurels and features spikes of creamy white flowers that rise above the foliage in spring and give way to shiny black fruit which birds adore.
|Mature Height:||4 to 6 feet if left unpruned|
|Mature Width:||5 to 6 feet|
|Classification:||Broad leaved evergreen shrub|
|Sunlight:||Full sun to part shade|
|Habit:||Densely branched, spreading|
|Foliage:||Dark green evergreen leaves|
|Flower Color:||White fragrant flowers that produce black fruit|
|Pruning Season:||Prune in spring after flowering|
|Soil Condition:||Any well drained soil|
|Water Requirements:||Water well until established|
|Uses:||Extremely attractive when used as in the mixed border, foundations, or planted in mass. Works well as a hedge|
How to Care for Otto Luyken Laurel
Before you buy an Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel, make sure to read about the care instructions that are required and recommended to keep this plant healthy and thriving.
How do I plant an Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel?
We suggest when planting your newly purchased Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally occurring beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardeners best friend and can help guarantee your success.
How do I fertilize my Otto Luyken?
Plants such as Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel grow best if they are fertilized once in the spring and again in early summer. Schip Laurel favors nutrient rich soil and ample fertilization. Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel benefits from an fertilizer which can help raise the acid level of the soil such as Holly-Tone by Espoma. When selecting a fertilizer for your Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel, if soil Ph is not an issue a simple balanced fertilizer can be used such as Tree-tone. Either chemical fertilizers or organic matter can be used successfully. If you choose to use chemical fertilizers on your Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel, applying a slow-release, balanced fertilizer once a year in the spring is probably the simplest solution. A fast release fertilizer such as a 10-10-10 will work just as well if applied twice during the summer. Never fertilize a plant with a chemical fertilizer if the plant looks sick or wilted. If a plant is struggling due to a disease or root problems, the fertilizer will only add stress to it's life. Don't fertilize Cherry Laurel Otto Luyken after August in the North. Fall is the time for cherry laurels to begin preparing for dormancy. Fertilizing at this time may stimulate new growth that will be too tender to withstand the winter. In the South, a late summer into September application would be about right. Over-fertilization can be much more detrimental than under-fertilization.
How do I water Otto Luyken Cherry Laurels?
After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5 a three gallon pot would be 15 and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. You’ll want to water the bushes regularly after planting until they’ve been well established. We like to tell folks that when watering Laurels or any plant for that matter its best not to water the foliage of the plant. Water at the base of the plant near the soil line only. Gator bag Jr. can be used to help aid in this process and also provide plants with a good soaking due to the slow release of the water into the root-zone of the plant. Soaker Hoses can also be used to water when planting a long hedge.
What type of mulch is best for a Cherry Laurel?
We highly recommend that you mulch your Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. Its better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.