How to Care for Otto Luyken Laurel Plants

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The Otto Luyken Laurel plant is an evergreen plant that makes a great hedge, background or divider in your landscape. The Otto Luyken is a spreading shrub with large, dark green, glossy leaves that produces fragrant white flowers in mid spring and small black fruit. Best of all, the Otto Luyken is a low-maintenance and hardy shrub that can withstand cold, heat and humidity, sloping soil, wind and sea spray. With the right care, the Otto Luyken is a versatile and attractive addition to any landscape.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Fertiliser
  • Pruning shears

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  1. 1

    Plant your Otto Luyken English Laurel in partial sun where it has enough space to grow. Your Otto Luyken will grow to three feet in height and six feet in width.

  2. 2

    Water your Otto Luyken weekly. You should water the plant more often during dry spells or extreme heat. A regular watering schedule will help your laurel to grow a deep, stable root system during its first growing season.

  3. 3

    Feed your laurel with a plant fertiliser. The best time to fertilise your Otto Luyken is right before new growth starts in the spring.

  4. 4

    Prune the Otto Luyken in the spring, after it's finished flowering. Not only will the pruning keep your laurel healthy, but it will also help to maintain a neat, shaped appearance. Use a "shearing" technique to prune your laurel, meaning levelling the surface of the plant to give it a desired shape.

Tips and warnings

  • Use your Otto Luyken Laurel as a border plant, hedge or ground cover. Remember that the plant will attract animals, but it has lovely, fragrant flowers.
  • For the plant's first growing season, make sure you give it a fertiliser that contains phosphorus to help its root development.
  • Avoid fertilising too much. You should not fertilise your Otto Luyken more than once per year.

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