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Blackthorn Hedging

25x Bare Root Blackthorn Plants (2-3ft)

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Bare Root Blackthorn Hedging - Description

  • Bare Root Blackthorn Plants
  • Prunus Spinosa
  • AKA Draigean Blackthorn / Sloe Bush or Wild Plum
  • Bare Root Plants - Not in Containers / Pots
  • Size: 2ft (60 - 90cm)
  • 2 Year Old Plant (1+1 /2 yr trpl.)
  • Quantity: 25 Plants
  • Spacing Between Plants - Anywhere from 10cm to 30cm
  • Depending on Thickness of Hedging You Desire

Delivery - Important Note - Please Read

  • We can only deliver orders of this product by Fastway couriers
  • Please do not choose DPD as your courier for orders containing this item

Bare Root Blackthorn Hedging - Characteristics

  • Small tree growing to approx. 4m
  • Deciduous, meaning it loses it's foliage in Winter
  • Flowers in April & May
  • Flowers appear before the onset of foliage
  • Sloes are produced in Autumn
  • Produces purple / black sour tasting berries
  • A hardy plant - Well able for cold Winters

Bare Root Blackthorn Hedging - Uses

  • This is a native plant of Ireland and is ideal in native gardens & hedgerows
  • The thorny nature of these plants makes them ideal for boundary hedges & to increase security on your site
  • Ideal for livestock proof hedging
  • If grown as a hedge, they will form an informal hedge
  • Great for attracting wildlife, birds & insects
  • Can be planted with other native hedging plants such as...
    • Holly, Hazel, Whitethorn, Sambucus, Rosa Rugosa, Ivy & Brambles to form a native hedgerow
  • Can be grown as a specimen tree and can reach a height of 4m

Bare Root Blackthorn Hedging - Planting Instructions

Sowing Time

  • Plant all bareroot hedging in dormant season - October to March
  • Avoid frosty conditions, where the ground is frozen

Trench Preparation

  • Dig trench approx. 1.5ft wide & 1.5ft deep
  • It is recommended that you add farm yard manure to base of the trench
  • Lightly cover the manure with a layer of soil

Positioning Plants

  • Space plants anywhere from 10cm to 30cm apart
  • Stagger / alternate plants to create a double row
  • This creates a wider & thicker hedge
  • Back fill the top soil
  • Be sure that the base of each plant is just below soil surface
  • Compact soil in well with your foot
  • Level off the soil around the plants

Handling the Plants

  • Watering is essential - Both before & after planting
  • When plants arrive, plant them straight away
  • If you are unable to plant straight away - then 'heel them in' temporarily
  • Keep plant's roots in their bag & avoid exposure to sun light
  • Take care not to damage roots, bark & buds

After Care

  • Watering must be done regularly until plants establish
  • Water after planting
  • If dry weather persists, water every 2 days
  • Weeding is also essential
  • A new hedge will need to be weeded at least 3 time over the growing season
  • Weed in March, June & September
  • We recommend using weed membrane & mulch to control weeds


  • Allow hedge to grow for the first 2 years
  • Then cut back hard to encourage hedge to 'thicken' up

Blackthorn - Quick Facts

  • Infamous for it's thorny nature, these plants form a dense, thick barrier
  • Blackthorn recovers well from being cut back
  • If you cut down to ground level, blackthorn will grow back a lot denser
  • It is a native plant to Ireland
  • A typical hedgerow in Ireland is made up of 10% blackthorn
  • Blackthorn was often used to make walking sticks as the wood is light but firm
  • The word 'Spinosa' means spiny or thorny

Glas Scheme - DAFM

  • Rural Development Programme
  • Glas - (Green, Low Carbon, Agri-environment Scheme)
  • Points to note
    • Not a whole farm scheme
    • All farmers may apply
    • Receive up to €5,000/yr over 5 years
    • Approved advisor must prepare the application
    • Nutrient Management Plan required
    • No guaranteed entry to the scheme, priority basis
    • If there is a Priority Environmental Asset (PEA) on the land, it must be chosen before any other action can be taken
    • There are deadline dates to have actions completed by
    • Once submitted, a plan cannot be changed

Glas Scheme - Planting New Hedging

  • Requirements
    • You can plant Blackthorn, Whitethorn or Holly
    • You must plant 6 plants per metre
    • Hedging needs to be fenced on both sides
    • You can not plant along a neighbours perimeter as access to both sides of hedge is required
    • Dead plants must be replaced
    • Weeds must be controlled
    • Plants must be purchased from a registered grower or supplier (Including ourselves)
  • Rates of Payment
    • €5 per metre of hedging planted per year for 5 years
    • Minimum length of Hedge: 10m
    • Maximum length of hedge: 200m
  • We can supply your EC plant passport when you order your hedging from us
  • Keep this passport reference number for your reps
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Arrived promptly, good price and plants look good though I'd prefer if they'd been wrapped in damp straw to stop them drying out. Four Star rating (unless ofcourse they don't grow !)

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  • Standard Courier Delivery With Fastway (2-4 Working Days)
    • Cost is €4.95 on Orders Below €75
    • Free Delivery on Orders Above €75
    • Rep. of Ireland & Northern Ireland Only
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    • Cost is around €5 extra for express delivery
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    • Cost is €3 extra
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    • This services comes with text alerts and timed delivery slots which the customer can change to suit themselves
  • 'Seed' Postal Delivery Option ***
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    • Note: Does Not Apply to Seed Potatoes, Bulbs or Sets ***
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  • Great Britain
    • Cost is €10
    • UK shipping fee covers parcels up to a total weight of 20Kg
  • Western Europe
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  • Delivery is to kerbside only
  • If road access to your site is tight, then please advise us before purchasing
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  • Also, we cannot guarantee delivery on a specific day (Please allow 1-3 days for delivery)
  • It's always best to order well in advance to avoid disappointment
  • Cancellation of pallets when items are already in transit will incur a 40 euro per pallet cancellation fee (To cover return delivery costs)
  • Where pallet delivery can not be made due to site access, a 40 euro per pallet cancellation fee will apply (To cover return delivery costs)

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  • We will contact you to discuss, if max weight of order exceeded


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  • We do not offer a weekend delivery service (Mon-Fri Only excl. Bank Holidays)
  • * Our courier achieves a 98% success rate on next day deliveries
  • ** Seed postal option applies to seed ONLY orders & is available in all 32 counties of Ireland
  • *** Does not apply to seed potatoes, bulbs or sets
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