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Edible Hedging

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  • Root Type/Plant Size

    Bare Root Plant (Pre-order (Plants not dormant))

  • £1.99
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Size / Type Price per item for
1+ 50+ 250+
Price per item for 1+ 50+ 250+
Br
£1.99
£1.70
£1.60
  • Plant Types & Availability - More information

    Br = Bare Root Plant

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Traditionally countryfolk gathered 'food for free' from woods and hedgerows and there are some fascinating recipes to be found for such fares as Hawthorn Suet Roll made using green hawthorn buds! More usual are sloes from blackthorn, nuts from hazel and rose hips from roses. The flowers and fruit in the edible hedging are good for many forms of wildlife. All the following varieties produce edible fruits:- Amelanchier, Berberis, Blackthorn, Cornelian Cherry, Elder, Elaeagnus ebbingei, Hazel, Myrobalan Plum, Quickthorn, Rugosa Roses and Sea Buckthorn. Blackberries can be grown to ramble in existing hedges and raspberries can be planted in a new hedge where they will carry fruit if in a sunny position. Almost all fruit trees can be planted in or alongside a hedge, as well as wild cherries and crab apples.

An edible hedge can be an informal mix of plants, in which case an interesting and informal hedge will be formed, or a single species such as Berberis darwinii can be planted and clipped to a formal shape. With all species you will attract wildlife. Single species are listed in the catalogue, or we can offer our own special mixed edible hedge.

Mixed Edible Hedging The basic hedge is 20 plants for a 9m (30ft) hedge and will consist of 5 Rugosa Rose and 5 Blackthorn with the balance made up from 2 Amelanchier, 2 Cornelian Cherry, 2 Hazel, 2 Myrobalan Plum and 2 Quickthorn, all 60 - 90cm (2 - 3ft) transplants exept Myrobalan Plum which will be 60 - 90cm (2 - 3ft) seedlings. This will be an attractive hedge with flower, fruit and some good autumn colouring and will be suitable for hedges 120 - 180cm (4 - 6ft) high.

Edible Hedging is available as:

Br = Bare Root Plant

Bare-Root Plants

Bare-root plants are sold without a pot/soil around the roots. This is a more cost effective and environmentally friendly way of growing plants. To ensure the best plant health we do not store our plants in cold storage, but they are left in our field or plant beds until they are ready for packing or collection.

Items marked Br are bare rooted plants grown from cuttings and are typically 1-2 years old.

Availability

Bare rooted plants are only available when the plants are dormant (typically from late November to March).

If a plant is currently out of stock because it is out of season (for example, bare rooted plants in summer) or we have sold out but we are expecting more to be available you can pre-order the plant. We only charge credit/debit cards when an order is despatched, not when an order is placed.

Planting Distances for planting as a Hedge

We recommend planting Edible Hedging in a single row 45cm/18ins apart.

To calculate the number of plants needed for a length of hedging, click on Planting Distance Calculator above.

Planting Guide & RootGrow

We recommend planting with RootGrow. The recommended amount for RootGrow for an order will be shown in your shopping basket.

We will send out a planting guide with your order, you also can find a guide to planting here.

Pruning

Hedging - As a general rule, plants grown for hedging need pruning to encourage side branching. Usually the harder a plant is pruned the bushier it will be. If they are not pruned there is a danger that the hedges will be thin and bare at the base and that the tips of the plants will die back. If the plant is naturally bushy, less or sometimes no pruning will be needed to achieve a dense hedge.

Edible Hedging: Shrubby climbers. Cotoneaster, Jasmines, Pyracanthas, Star Jasmine and some fruit. These should be planted against the wall.

    • SKU
      EDIH
  • Native/Wildlife/Evergreen
    • RHS Plants for Pollinators
      Yes
    • Good for Wildlife/Bees
      Yes
    • Native
      No
    • Evergreen/Deciduous
      Deciduous
  • Plant Height and Growth
    • Hedge Height
      1.2-1.8m (4-6ft)
    • Average Growth per Year
      30-45cm (1-1.5ft)
  • Root Type/Plant Size
    • Root Type/Plant Size
      Bare Root Plant
    • Potted/Bare Root
      Bare Root