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Viburnum macrocephalum.

Posted: 27/07/2012 at 10:56

Not well up on trees to be honest. but the trunk certainly is not a Viburnum

confued plant ????

Posted: 27/07/2012 at 10:54

And then you only have to wait about 5 years for it to produce fruit, 99.9% chance it will be a Crab apple too and if allowed to grow on could make a 25 feet plus tree eventually.

Viburnum macrocephalum.

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 16:00

Yes, Viburnums are sometime grafted, but not onto Silver birch. Viburnums are grafted onto Viburnums, often V tinus. Birch is in a genus of its own, Betulaceae and Viburnums are in Caprifoliaceae, along with things like Honeysuckles, Abelia and Diervilla. They are just not compatible in any way.  The Silver birch which grew from your can only have been a seedling.

Viburnum macrocephalum.

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 12:35

Viburnums are not grafted onto Silver Birch trees, so what you grew originally was a seedling in the compost.

Viburnum macrocephalum is not normally grafted on to anything, it grows well on its own roots.

If you need to then treat  it liie a half ripe cutting.

White Beetroot

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 21:20

You can buy White beetroot seeds. Have grown them, but find them far too sweet for our taste.

Sharp sand drainage properties

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 10:50


Our soil is silt over a sand substrate and even after all the rain we have had, the soil is now beginning to become very dry after only a week or so of no rain.

As said grain size and shape determine the ability (if that is the right word) of sand to allow water to pass through.

Deutzia dilemma

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 17:48

Bit worried about the slow growth of Frank'sDeutzia. All of ours grow 3 to 4 feet a year after flowering is over and need a trim to keep them within bounds.

Sharp sand drainage properties

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 15:54

I have been reading around and asking about sharp sand and drainage.

That said, all sands improve drainage as they create channels or pores for the water to travel through. There are some fascinating, (and a lot of very dry  ) books on the subject - mainly aimed at sports turf management.

That is a quote from a Soil Management student.


So Daituom have you read these books?

Deutzia dilemma

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 10:14

If they are too tall, then cut them back by about half. That way you will get more new branches from below the cut and thus more flowers next season.

Sharp sand drainage properties

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 21:09

Fascinated by this. Are you then saying that  the advice and the practices of all those famous and successful growers of rare and difficult alpines have been wasting their time adding sharp sand (often Cornish silver sand which is as sharp as it comes) to their compost mixes? They have been doing this for the last 100 years or so.

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