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WATERING
Topiary in pots needs to be watered regularly when the surface of the soil starts to dry out. Water until you see water starting to treacle down from the bottom of the pot, saturating the entire rootball, Take extra care with topiary in glazed ceramic and terra cotta pots as they heat up rapidly in the sun and dry out rapidly.

TRIMMING
Trimming and shaping should be done regularly before there is too much growth, this will ensure a compact, dense growing habit for the plant in the future. Trim using a pair of hedge trimmers, sharp scissors or topiary snips by simply following the frame of the topiary around the entire plant to achieve uniform shape.

FEEDING
Fertilize your topiary 3 times a year, in spring, summer and autumn using an NPK top dress, such as a small amount of Nitrophoska or Nutricote. Alternatively feed with Osmocote, a slow released fertilizer.





REPOTTING
Topiary that has been left in a pot for too long can get root bound and may show signs such as the leaves turning yellow. As all of the nutrients in the potting mix has been all absorbed, the leaves will start to turn yellow. We highly advise repotting, this should be done every 1-2 years in autumn / winter. Remove the topiary from the pot, trim 30% off the entire rootball and tease out the roots on the sides as well. Plant in the same or slightly larger pot with fresh potting mix.
HEDGE GROWING GUIDE
 
SPACING
As a guide, the smaller the plants are, the more you will need. The larger the plants are, the less you will need to use per meter. The more plants you use per meter, the faster your hedge will form. You can use less plants than recommended below, but do keep in mind that it will take longer for a dense hedge to form.
 
BUXUS: 6 plants / meter
LONICERA: 6 plants / meter
CRANBERRY: 5 plants / meter
TEUCRIUM: 5 plants / meter
ESCALLONIA: 5 plants / meter
 
 
TRIMMING & FEEDING
Trimming and shaping should be done regularly before there is too much growth, this will ensure a compact, dense growing habit for the hedge in the future. Trim using a pair of sharp hedge trimmers maintaining a straight line and uniform height. Feed with Nitrophoska three times a year, watering well after the application to prevent fertilizer burn on the plants.
 
We recommend the following Topiary products to maintain your Topiary in excellent condition.
TOPIARY SNIPS
$20 each
We use these topiary snips for trimming all our Topiary plants. The blue topiary snips is sharp and ergonomic to hold. Spring action design ensures minimal effort is required to trim soft to medium foliage and stems.
PREMIUM POTTING MIX
$8.50 each
Commercial grade potting mix, as used by us here at the nursery. Contains 9 months slow released fertilizer, excellent for all potted plants especially topiary.
NITROPHOSKA
$2 each
N12  P10  K10
We recommend  Nitrophoska Extra for Topiary in the ground. Nitrophoska Extra is high in Nitrogen, which will promote fresh new growth in Topiary plants as well as hedging plants. We recommend applying Nitrophoska Extra once every active season to keep plants healthy water well after  each application.
NUTRI FEED EXTRA
$5 each
N18  P2  K8
We recommend high iron top dress for Topiary in the pots and containers. This product is high in Iron which will promote dense deep green growth in Topiary plants as well as hedging plants. We recommend applying this product once every active season to keep plants a deep green colour.
COATED TOPIARY WIRE
$3 each
We recommend our polymer coated Topiary wires for tying larger stems. Simply cut a section from the roll, tie around the plant and twist to secure. This product is more robust and will be able to secure larger stems to topiary frame as well as stakes.
To place an order please e-mail us  sales@artisticplants.co.nzmailto:sales@artisticplants.co.nz?subject=salesshapeimage_26_link_0
 
TOPIARY TRIMMING GUIDE
 
Ideal for fitting over existing topiary to achieve precise shapes. Comes in two separate piece, which hook together to form a perfect sphere and secure the black velcro strip to the stem of your plants.
 
 
25cm Diameter  $45
 
35cm Diameter  $55