Ligustrum Vulgare Lodense (small privet)
The beautiful Ligustrum Vulgare Lodense, or the small privet, is as the name says: the smallest privet species. It grows about 25-35 cm per year and is suitable for low hedges up to about 2 meter high. The small privet has narrow, elongated, pointed leaves. The plant is strong and hardy. Like most other privet species, it is semi-evergreen. In severe frost, there is a chance that the leaves will fall off before new ones appear in the spring.
Ligustrum Vulgare Lodense (Privet Lodense)
The small privet is easy to maintain. The location does not matter to it and you can also prune it well, even rigorously. In the spring the plant gets flowers that spread a nice scent. After this it gets black berries. With regular pruning, no flowers and berries will appear. The hedge will be nice and tight, but birds, butterflies and bees will pass by your garden or hedge.
Privets grow all over the world.
Why choose a Ligustrum Vulgare Lodense?
- The small privet is a beautiful plant.
- It is strong and hardy.
- The Lodense privet is semi-evergreen. It may therefore be that it drops its leaves in severe frost. But in not too harsh winters, it stays green for 365 days.
- It is undemanding as to its location.
- The flowers attract bees and butterflies.
- The black currants are loved by birds.
- Pruning is easy, it can even be done down to bare wood.
When is the best time to plant a privet hedge?
Although you can plant the Ligustrum Vulgare Lodense all year round, winter is the best time for this. Note: it should not freeze at that time.
How do you plant a small privet?
- Make sure you remove all weeds from where you plan to plant the hedge. The roots can thus optimally use the nutrients they find in the soil.
- Dig a trench approximately 35 cm wide and 50 cm deep. For a straight hedge it is best to stretch a rope.
- Turn the soil in the trench and mix it with a soil improver.
- Place the plants in the right place along the trench. Are you satisfied with the distribution? Then place the hedge plants upright in the middle of the trench.
- Fill the trench with soil. The roots must be completely covered, as direct sunlight is harmful to the roots.
- Compress the soil so that the hedge is firm.
- Provide the plants with enough water. It is important to do this in the near future, until the small privet hedge has taken root.
The Privet Lodense grows everywhere, but not very well in the shade.
The hedge plants like to be in moist soil, but it should not be soaked for too long.
Cover the roots well with soil, as they cannot withstand direct sunlight.
The small privet only grows to about 2 meter high. Give the plants enough room to grow. So don't put them too close together.
You need 4 or 5 per linear meter.
The Privet Lodense grows about 25-35 cm per year.
Advice & Care
- Water the small privet sufficiently, but not too much.
- Pruning is done between May and September. If you like a tight hedge, prune it at least twice a year. In that case, no flowers and berries will appear.
- Prune with a sharp hedge trimmer.
- Prune in cloudy weather. Certainly not in the sun, because then the leaves can burn.
- Pruning after the end of September is a no-go. Let the plant recover for a while before winter arrives.
- Fertilizing is important. Do this twice a year. Why? The plant grows better, the roots do not search for nutrients in the rest of the garden and you prevent diseases. There is special hedge fertilizer, but compost or garden peat can also be used.
Known diseases of the small privet
The Privet Lodense is a strong plant and it can still happen that it gets sick. You reduce that chance considerably if you: buy good quality plants, take good care of them and fertilize them twice a year.
Here you will find a number of diseases and pests that can occur. Is your privet sick or in doubt? Then get advice from us.
Green apple bug - the foliage on the top of the privet becomes frayed and holes form.
Larvae (caterpillars) of the privet pintail - scattered all over the plant there are holes in the leaves.
Small winter moth - green caterpillars eat the growing tips of the young leaves.
Brush beetle - this beetle eats the soft parts of the flowers.
Verticillium - the privet withers. This is due to a soil fungus that disrupts the flow of juice in the roots.
Leaf spot (Cercospora) - brown and black spots develop on the leaves. They will eventually fall off.
Advantages and disadvantages of the Ligustrum Vulgare Lodense
- The small privet is beautiful and graceful.
- The plant is hardy.
- It is semi-evergreen. In severe winters, it loses its leaves before new leaves appear in the spring. In mild winters, it stays green all winter.
- The plant is undemanding to its location.
- The hedge plant is easy to prune.
- The privet Lodense is strong. If you take good care of him, he will have less chance of diseases or pests.
- In warmer winters it can lose leaves. But new ones will arrive in the spring.
- The plant does not like to be in soaking soil for long.
- The berries, leaves and flowers are poisonous. Keep this in mind if you have small children and / or pets.
- Some find the Ligustrum Vulgare Lodense outdated.
Do you want to create a beautiful, low hedge in your garden? Then think of the Ligustrum Vulgare Lodense. The small privet is extremely suitable for a low hedge because it only grows 25-35 cm per year. It is also strong, hardy and undemanding. Perfect for your garden.
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