Privet can make a wonderful privacy hedge. Learn how to grow a privet hedge from cuttings, and create a privacy screen for your landscape.

Privet leaves grow closely together making them ideal hedge plants.There are a number of varieties of privet that can be used for hedging.

Privet is a flowering plant from the genus Ligustrum. There are fifty species within this genus, many of which are shrubs, and some are also trees.

It's important to be aware that in some locations privet can have unwanted spread, and may be considered invasive.

Some varieties of privet used for hedging include: -Box Leaf Privet -Japanese Privet -Common Privet

Most privets are easy to grow from cuttings.The best time to obtain cuttings is in early spring to take advantage of the whole growing season for rooting.

Cut the stems from the privet plant up to a foot in length. Stems should be slim and no wider than pencil width for best rooting success.

Strip the leaves from the bottom of the stems, leaving several at the top. You want the energy of the plant to go into establishing  new roots, rather than maintaining these leaves.

Next dip the cuttings into rooting hormone. Make sure to cover the lowest node with the rooting hormone.

Place the cuttings in a moist medium, such as perlite mixed with peat, or a good seed starting medium. Stick the stems several inches down into the soil.

Give a firm squeeze around the cutting with the soil, and tamp down with your fingers to firm the soil nicely around the cutting.

It is important that the cuttings remain moist until rooted. This is key to successful rooting of the cuttings.

Once the cuttings have established roots, they can be planted into pots in a good quality potting mix until they are ready to be planted into the garden.

When the privet cuttings have established a good root system they can then be transplanted into the garden. Plant the privets two to three feet on centre.

The length of time it takes to grow a privet hedge will depend on the rate of growth of the variety of privet planted, as well as growing conditions.

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