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29/11/2013 at 18:24

I had a lovely Sambucus Nigra which flowered earlier in the year.  It's in a large pot and is about 6ft tall.  Over the last couple of weeks leaves have dropped off which I wasn't too concerned about but the branches are slowly dropping off and I am looking as though I will be left with just a stick with a few leaves at the top.  Does anyone have any ideas or is this a lost cause    thanks for any help

KEF
29/11/2013 at 18:43

HW, don't worry that is what it does. Mine is in the garden and at this time of year it ends up looking like a frame. I've had it 5 yrs and it comes back fit and heallthy each spring. Don't overwater, or underwater in the pot, just lift it a little to check the weight to see if it needs some water. It is hardy.

Let us know when it bounces back into life in the spring   p.s. Mine in the garden has self set and I've grown them on in a pot and given them away.  

29/11/2013 at 19:01

Never heard of anyone growing this in a pot! In my garden it's a pernicious weed and now that it's dropped its leaves I'll be out there getting rid of as much as possible! Or is it a fancy variety?

KEF
29/11/2013 at 19:26
http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/34770.jpg?width=350

The end of October 2013. Not a good picture as far blacker than this, pic taken to show berries.

29/11/2013 at 19:34

Kef, is that the Black Lace or the Black Beauty?

KEF
29/11/2013 at 20:32

Black lace.

30/11/2013 at 07:49

Thought so - I planted a Black Beauty in the bed outside my window at work, but the window replacement men stomped all over it, despite my having pointed it out to them - I suppose it may survive - if someone pulls the weeds out in that bed now that I've gone!!! 

KEF
30/11/2013 at 08:07

Done in a couple of years without you pruning it they won't be able to see out of the window.

30/11/2013 at 08:41

Before I left I scattered foxglove seeds all over the grounds - there've never been any there before - I wonder if anyone will notice and put two and two together .........

30/11/2013 at 08:52

Hello holly

Dont worry.  Your sambucus is doing what it should do.  

Its a plant that is better in the ground, in my opinion.  Best pruned every year if it's the best coloured foliage you require.  

30/11/2013 at 23:41

Thank you Verdun and thanks KEF I did wonder about putting in in the ground when I first got it. Anyway - glad that it may be not as bad as I first thought-much appreciated for all your helpful comments    I will let you know what happens to it in the spring!!

 

01/12/2013 at 08:36

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