When should I plant Hornbeam hedging?
The best time to plant your Hornbeam hedge is from the middle of October through to November, but pot grown can be planted at any time of year (as long as the ground is not frozen and they are provided with plenty of water during dry spells).
How far apart do you plant Hornbeam plants?
The recommended density is 3 plants per metre, at around 30cm apart. If wanting the hedge to be stockproof, smaller plants should be planted at 20-25cm apart instead.
When planting much larger, taller plants with bigger root balls, ensure you leave a gap of around 50-60cm between each plant, instead.
How to plant your Hornbeam:
Begin by breaking up the soil in which your Hornbeam will be sitting. Dig a hole that is 4-5 times wider than the plant's root mass, and add a soil mix or some organic matter into the bottom of the hole. Place your Hornbeam into the hole and then carefully spread the roots out at the bottom. Fill in the hole with your soil mix, and then lightly press down the soil at the base, to secure the plant.
Water regularly throughout the first year of planting.