When should I plant Hawthorn hedging?
Pot grown Hawthorn can be planted at any time of year, but bare roots must be planted between November - March (providing the ground is not frozen). Between autumn and spring is always recommended as it is easiest to keep them well-watered.
How far apart should I plant Hawthorn plants?
Smaller pot grown plants and tall bare roots should be planted with a 30cm spacing. For best results, small bare root plants, at around 40-60cm and 60-90cm, should be planted with a 20cm spacing.
How to plant Hawthorn:
If you are planting bare root plants, you must soak the roots for at least 2 hours before planting. You can do this by putting the roots into a bucket of water or by using a garden hose.
Meanwhile, the trench/individual holes will need to be dug. The hole will need to be at least twice as wide as the plant's root mass but the same depth (this is usually around 60cm wide and 30cm deep). We then recommend mixing some organic compost into the excess soil.
Water the hole well, and space the plants out evenly, ensuring they are straight. Backfill with the excess soil mix, patting down as you go along to secure the plants.
Finish off by watering the plants very well, following with a 2-3" layer of mulch around the base of the plant if you choose to do so. The plants will then need to be continuously and regularly watered for the next 1-2 years whilst the plants establish (thoroughly around 2-3 times a week is usually recommended).