The red-tip Photinia is a large shrub hardy in zones 7 to 9. These plants reach a height and spread of 15 feet. Their oval leaves first appear as bright red, the color to dark green after two to four weeks. Due to its rapid growth, mature size and form dense, it is often planted as a hedge, border or windbreak. Red Tip Photinia is susceptible to fungus, mildew and leaf spot, if not planted in a suitable place and maintained.
The selection of the suitable area for your red-tip Photinia is a must grow. The planting site is an important factor in the health of these plants. Choose an area that is full sun or at least six hours away from direct sunlight. Red Tip Photinia can survive in partial shade conditions, but the odds of the disease increase as the amount of sunlight. The soil should be rich in nutrients and well draining. Plants allow your red tip Photinia to 6 to 8 feet of buildings and other plants for adequate air circulation.
Red Tip Photinia plants drought tolerant. Established plants can survive on rainfall alone, without. The need for additional watering In times of little or no rainfall, water the plants every seven to 10 days. Always water red-tip Photinia avoid plants at their base and their leaves wet. Fungus can develop and spread on wet leaves. Keep the soil moist constantly, but never wet newly planted specimens. Once the plant starts to produce new growth, decrease. Water applications once a week
A red-tip Photinia requires fertilizer once a year. Apply a 10-10-10 nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (NPK) fertilizer in the spring begins to appear on new growth markets. Read the patient information leaflet and warnings before use. Distributed according to the fertilizer label instructions. Shrubs generally fertilizer is applied at a rate of 1 tbsp. per square foot of the floor. Fertilization of these plants during the summer cause new growth that is very susceptible to diseases.
Pruning is another important factor that can determine the health of your plants. Prune red-tip Photinia plants after they are dormant during the winter months. Remove all broken, dead, damaged or diseased branches. Design the system to the desired size and shape. Thin the branches by 1/3 in order to increase the circulation of air between the branches forming to prevent disease in the leaves. Air circulation keeps the inner leaves dry, removing the possibility of developing fungus or mold. Remove dead leaves, twigs and other debris from the ground to the base of the plant.