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Oak Tree

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 15:57

I have an oak tree in a pot, around 10 years old, it is 12 - 15 foot high now. I would expect yours to be taller than 3 foot now, is it in a good, very large pot?  It may just need more space - think how big oak trees are, and then imagine what size root space they must need. I also would just suggest you check the roots are not waterlogged - something they really do not like at all I have found.  I dig each years top dressing of grit into the compost after I have removed the top few inches as far as I can, I then top dress with new JI3, well mixed with vermicuite, then top off with new coarse grit.  So far, so good.  I'm not keen on sprays, if you don't want to use one you could try washing the trunk with a solution of garden disinfectant, often useful for molds if that is what the cause is.  Leaf fall is probably due to stress, either wet or dry, or too small a space, or over heated or chilled - nothing with which it can deal itself as it lives in a pot and you must be all things for it.

 We grow many, many things in pots, and they all need alot of attention because of their difficut situations from the plants point of view. Hope it does well for you.

Over wintering

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 15:49

Leave them be, they need nothing special.  We have several, some well over 20 years old, never moved them, covered them or anything else - they do just fine - it's only high winds they don't like, and that they dislike come warmth or cold.  I feed them with pellleted organic chicken manure come early spring as the buds begin to break, and that's about all the attention they get - and they look great. 

fallen leaves

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 15:46

If it  ain't broke Tom, don't fix it?  I gather all ours up into pierced black bin liners and they become lovely leaf mulch which gets used all over the place - I don't mow them but it does seem a good idea, I might try that Fairygirl, thanks. 

More help needed with ID

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 18:17

I accidentaly (don't ask! sowed these in between paving slabs some years ago, to my surprise when they came up & flowered, it worked well and they looked great - but sadly didn't seed themselves afterwards as I was hoping.  

Has anyone grown Pixie clematis

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 14:46

Mine did exactly what it was supposed to do, grew over a tallish pot, a large long tom,  and looked lovely as it flowered very early in the year - I grew it in a barely heated greenhouse and it was a joy, especially as it was perfumed.  I kept it for a couple or so years, I then put it outdoors for the summer and forgot to bring it in, whereupon it died!!   

Privets that wont grow

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 14:42

Sounds very much as if there is something in the ground that is holding them back - often turns out to be an old wall or something of that kind - especially as one has run away with itself.  I'd be inclined to dig them up, look carefully at the roots to ensure there are no beasties there, pot 'em up for a bit with really good compost and see if they go away then.  Meantime excavate the area you had them planted in and see what is underneath - coud be anything, I discovered a spring bedstead once in a garden I was trying to renew!!!  If all well, then enrich the soil, add good drainage, and hope they will go well then. 

Plant ID

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 14:37

If you have soil that it likes, it will spread - in fact for some people it becomes invasive, but not here for me, much as I love it.  We have the tall white one like that, and two different pink ones - and they are all lovely. 


Posted: 11/09/2013 at 12:25

I have kept the less hardy ones in pots in a greenhouse that is heated to just above freezing in the winter.  Some of these are now several years old.  However, it is always worth taking cuttings of those you especially value.

The hardy ones can stay in the ground and will survive just about anything nature can throw at them.This year I am going to pot up the small ones from our baskets and keep those in the greenhouse too - we will see how they do. 

Greenhouse heater

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 12:23

Is your greenhouse too far away to allow for electricity? Since putting a cable down to ours, about 20 meters, it has been much better, as paraffin gives up 1 gallon of water for every gallon of paraffin used.  I know this does not answer your question, but just hoped it might give you another thought to think.


Posted: 11/09/2013 at 12:21

Thanks for this, had somehow missed that this is about to start - will be sure to watch now.

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