Maybe the most well-liked native shrub in the entire encyclopedia is Mountain Laurel. The jap mountains from New England to Georgia are stuffed with it, however no one finds it tiresome. Its evergreen foliage is an asset, however what sweeps the general public off their toes is the good present of bloom in June. It’s altogether irresistible.
Naturally, Laurel is way planted and far transplanted. There’s a lot of it within the woods that the novice horticulturist is consistently tempted to assist himself. But in lots of circumstances, he could be higher off, horticultural and financially, if he would purchase his vegetation from some good nursery. In wild land, with its boulders and ledges, the Laurel roots vary far and huge. It is vitally onerous to dig these vegetation with even pretty good roots. But when grown in good, well-drained nursery land they are often lifted, “balled and burlapped,” with excellent roots. The outcomes when planted are, in fact, very a lot better.
In planting from the nursery one has the additional benefit that the planting season will be a lot prolonged; and because the common novice is all the time late at his planting, this constitutes a definite achieve.
Sure sensible situations must he met to succeed with Mountain Laurel, however they aren’t very tough. Within the first place, the soil must be acid. Additionally, it ought to not be too dry and sandy. Pretty well-drained, rocky, or gravelly soil is the Laurel’s pure choice. Then there must be some shade. Laurel dislikes full solar, although the dense shade is nearly as inimical. A place alongside the border of woodland is nearly best, however the vegetation will thrive in sparse deciduous woods if different situations are favorable.
The 2 errors mostly made in planting Mountain Laurel are, first, the digging of untamed vegetation, and second, inserting them in open conditions the place they get full solar. In fact, many errors are made, too, in planting in unsuitable soils, however the newbie is extra apt to consider this drawback and attempt to meet it.
by F. A. Waugh
Photograph credit score: Arx Fortis at English Wikipedia