Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis indica) is an easy to grow small hedge with pretty flowers ranging in white through to beautiful pinks that appear in Spring and Summer. They are very easy to grow and widely available. Pest and disease resistant. A great bee-attracting plant.


How to grow Indian Hawthorn in a garden

  1. Choose a position in full sun or part shade with well drained soil.
  2. Enrich the soil with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed. If the soil is clay based, add gypsum and fork in well. 
  3. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well. 
  5. Mulch with an organic mulch like woodchip or pea straw, keeping it away from the base of the plant.
  6. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  7. During the growing and flowering season feed with Yates Thrive Rose & Flower Granular Plant Food. TIP: for an added boost apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.
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How to grow Indian Hawthorn in a pot

All varieties can be grown in pots, however, for smaller pots dwarf varieties will be more suitable.

  1. Choose a pot at least 250mm wide with adequate drainage holes. 
  2. Position in full sun or part shade.
  3. Fill the pot with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.
  4. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
  5. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Water in well.
  6. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  7. During the growing and flowering season, apply Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. Throughout the year apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.

Growing tips

  • Regular pruning will encourage multi-stemmed branching and prevent 'legginess'.

  • Great bee attracting shrub.

  • Plant new plants at least 1m -1.5 apart so there is a bit of room to move in the early stages.

  • For hedging, depending on the variety, plant 3 - 5 plants per meter.

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