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I've just started to get into gardening and need help to identify the plants already in my garden.
There are two:
The first is planted in a pot and doesn't look very healthy - any tips on what this is and how I can revive it?
The 2nd is planted in a border:
don't know what the first is but its probably pot bound a bigger pot or planting it should help it out. most plants like their roots to be spread out rather than potting on as a big lump. best to find out how to sort the roots once its identified
Second one is Ceanothus. Thought the first one was a flowering cherry/almond at first but the foliage is wrong. Nothing springs to mind at the moment but someone else will know Emma
Could the first one be Crab apple (Malus sylvestris) google a picture it looks similar to me.
I think its a apple but the leaf has no serrated edge. Its got me stumped.
I agree with barry island, no1 looks like a crab apple (better off in the ground if you have room, it will have exhausted all the goodness in the pot and will need to be fed if it remains in the pot - let us know if you are going to leave it i the pot and then we can detail the care needed); no 2 ceanothus
Thanks for your comments. I've goggled crab apple and it looks very similiar. Do you think it needs a bigger pot or planting in the ground? I might try to take it out of the pot to look at the roots to see if its pot bound.
Thanks for the help!
Ground is always better for a plant unless it's the wrong sort, (acid for chalk plants etc.)
It's definitely starving and probably thirsty so take it out of its pot and give its root balla good soak in a larger bucket of water then you have a choice.
Plant it out in the ground at the same depth it was in the pot and with plenty of good compost worked into the soil. Give it a good drink after planting and every week this year till the autumn rains arrive. Mulch the roots with some well rotted manure or garden compost every autumn, after some heavy rain. this will keep it healthy.
Plant it in a much bigger pot with good quality compost such as John Innes No 3 and then give it a good drink. Make sure it is stood on feet or bricks to let it drain. It will be entirely reliant on you for food and water in a pot so give it regular watering so its compost doesn't dry out and a liquid feed once a week from early spring to the end of June. Tomato food or a seaweed mixture will do.
You can make jelly from the apples so it's worth looking after it and insects such as bees and hoverflies will love the blossom.