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I've had a Corkcrew Hazel (corylus avellana Contorta) for some years now and it's outgrown my garden. I love it in winter and early spring for its "Triffid"-like winter appearance, as my neighbour calls it, the beautifully long catkins it produces in Jan/Feb, and the Long-Tailed Tits which arrive in a gang and work over it in search of aphids and the like for a good 10 minutes at a time. I also secretly enjoy the on-going competition with the squirrels to see who can collect the most Cobnuts.

By Summer though it's taken over my small back garden looming dark and menacing and these days covering a large proportion of the border.

I've tried pruning it, which is akin to herding cats.

So with regret and apologies to the L-T Tits and Squirrels it has to come out . Has anyone grown it sucessfully in a pot - I thought I might try taking cuttings?

P.S. As recompense to the wildlife and the rest of my plants I'm replacing it with Rosa Glauca

Pennine Petal
Morning Quercus, we have one growing successfully in a pot. It's slow growing and the pot contains the growth. We get the catkins, but you would miss the LT tits! How about a tree surgeon to prune it for you?

Morning Petal! Apart from the expense I haven't read anything that gives a pruning regime other than prune out the straight shoots so I'm not sure how successful that would be.

I think I'll spend my money on the largest pot I can afford, be patient and look at what else I can grow to encourage the LT Tits



My next door neighbour has alovely one in apot. Yesterday it was full of Long-tail tits. She uts it quitehard each year and I tink last year prned the roots as well. She says she wouldn't plant it in her garden!


I have one in a large pot, so made some points:


Keeps the tree small
You can appreciate it better
Easier to prune
You can move it


Difficult to keep soil from drying out - even with mulch
It can blow over in strong winds
Branch die back occurs more often- re lack of watering
Need to feed it

Your Corkscrew Willow is likely to be grafted, so you run the risk of losing the Corkscrew bit if you prune it right back and use the roots/and or gets lots of suckering from the grafted root stock.


Green Magpie

I would think that keeping one in a pot from the start would be differerent from trying to move one into a pot from the garden. You may well find its rootball is much too large for it to transplant successfully now. I suppose you've got nothing to lose by trying, but I have my doubts ...

Good point about the pruning Blairs I hadn't thought about the grafting. 

Yes I doubt I'll get a small enough rootball to transplant it. Think I might have to buy a new one.

Hopefully another rootball to turn into something though!



We grew  one in a pot, but as been said before it was okay for a while but in the end it suffered from lack of nutrients, although I fed it weekly in the summer months,  and I was forever watering it to keep it damp. If you want to grow one in a pot, make sure you get a big enough pot and use shrub/tree compost.

I have now transplanted it to the garden and have kept it small by regular pruning, it seems to respond to being pruned directly after the catkins have finished, before it comes into leaf so that you can see what shape it is. I don't know if this is the correct way to do it but it works for me.



You can prune it hard back as you would do an ordinary hazel, although with a corkscrew hazel be careful not to prune below the graft. As said above, prune immediately after the catkins and before the leaves open.  

I'll give the hard pruning a try this year then. I thought you could only prune to shape. It's worth a go!


As it's a bit of a slow grower, perhaps remove a third of the branches this year, a third next and the third third in the third year  otherwise it'll take a while to fill the space again. 

Oakley Witch
I have a loverly one that I had in a pot for 5 years. Never did much and when I moved I put it it the garden. I had a harvest of nuts off it this year...very small mind but it was loads happier in the ground. Its back in a pot just now because Im scared the wireworm will damage it. Once the ground is cleared of the wee buggers it will be going back in the ground. I love it. Would not be without it now.

Well I got out the pruning shears last weekend and took out about a third as Dove suggested. I left as many branches with Catkins on as I could and tried to open up the structure a bit. It looks good, so it's got a reprieve for another year. We'll see once the leaves arrive


 I'm sure it'll look lovely - I drove out into the East Anglian countryside today and the hedges were full of hazel catkins - Spring's coming 

I just don't it want my corkscrew hazel anymore is worth digging up for a friend to take it is about 4/5 ft high.



Dig as large a rootball as you can so that you don't cut through any major roots,  and as long as your friend prepares the planting area well and looks after it, it should transplant.

Tell your friend not to panic if some of the leaves turn brown and fall, there will undoubtedly be some transplant shock doing it at this time of year.

It would be better if you could wait until the autumn to move it.

Good luck 

I have a very healthy Fatsio Japonica in a very expensive huge glazed pot.But it has a crack down the side which I am most upset about would it be the roots of the plant that is causing this the plant pot is over 2ft deep and with the plant in there stands in all to over 4ft now how do I stop this cracking do is the only way to kill the plant off as i cant get anyone to take the risk of trying to get it out of the pot.

I'd invest in a new pot. As the owner of a 12 yrs old Fatsia that's always been kept in a pot and has been re-potted 3 times I can say from personal experience that they're tough old buggers.

I re-potted it again a few weeks ago. When I took it out of the old pot it was all root and very little soil. As it was in a square pot and I (stupidly) bought a new round pot I had to prune the roots really severely. I kept thinking "You're not going to survive this". I mixed some bonemeal with the new compost, and watered it in well. 

Obviously the tough old bugger is also a determined one as it's defied my lack of faith and is producing new leaves, looks glossier than ever and is set to outgrow this pot too!



I agree with Quercus - the pot is cracked - it is an 'ex pot' - the Fatsia is alive - a new larger (and perhaps less expensive pot) is the way to go 

Mine is a lovely glazed hextagonal deep deep pot and just don't know where to start it is so solid and compacted there is nothing to work on...............I know I must sound a bit pathetic but very determined to get it right despite been in my somewhat mature years.The other matter is why buy another pot this is just huge and the same will happen again will it not.i do trim off the leaves that go brown so it is kept to a minimum.