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Can soft fruit bushes be transformed by pruning into cordons?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 23:47

Verdun, Fluffy Cloud, Invicta2

Thanks for your responses. I feel much more hopeful and can't wait to start retraining the bushes.

Can soft fruit bushes be transformed by pruning into cordons?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 19:53

Thanks, artjak, that's really encouraging to hear.

Can soft fruit bushes be transformed by pruning into cordons?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 16:03

Some time ago, in an excess of gardening zeal, I bought some bare root black, red and white currant and gooseberry bushes. Not having anywhere to plant them at the time, I put them in pots. Several years later, they are still in (larger) pots and have rooted into the soil below..

They are not very big because the location is far from ideal. Recently, I have realised that I am never going to have enough room in my present garden to do them justice as bushes - cordons would be a much more suitable form.

Can these small shrubs be pruned into cordons, or would cuttings trained as cordons be better? I already have a few cuttings taken last winter. My concern about cuttings is their vigour; aren't commercial soft fruit bushes grafted onto different rootstocks?


Is this an Escallonia?

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 09:10

Thanks for all your help. Having trawled the net looking at photos of suggested plants, I'm now convinced that it is a Fuchsia. Thymifolia is the best possibility - I think it's too large for microphylla. Having said that, there is a natural hybrid between these two called F. bacillaris.

The definitive answer will have to wait until my next visit to the garden.

Again, thanks to you all.

New Lawn on compacted sand / earth

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 13:40

If you turn the earth, you will have to wait for it to settle again and/or use some means of mechanical compaction.

I am still trying to find the time to build up an area of my garden prior to sowing lawn seed, but the sticking point always seems to be the time it would take to get newly laid soil to settle properly. When talking to a garden landscaper about this problem, he said that his technique was to add the new soil a few inches at a time, compacting each layer using a plate vibrator (the sort of machine used when laying block paving).

As the base for your new lawn is both level and well-drained, I wouldn't disturb it unnecessarily.


Is this an Escallonia?

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 13:19

Sorry, all. Just to prove how confused I really am, I posted the same comment twice (now changed to this admission).

Is this an Escallonia?

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 13:15

Thanks, Gardenmaiden and MuddyFork.

GM, reading the description of E. 'Donard Radiance' on the RHS site, it describes the leaves as 'relatively large and rounded', but in the accompanying photo, the leaves don't look either large or rounded, so I'm confused (nothing new there!).

MF, yes, there is a look of Fuchsia about it - now I'm even more confused.

Is this an Escallonia?

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 11:45

Good morning, forum members

On a recent visit to Felley Priory in north Nottinghamshire, I saw the shrub pictured below, but forgot to ask it's name.

 I think it might be an Escallonia. Can anyone positively identify it please (including the variety)?


Need advice on very small, boring garden!

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 18:11

Artjak, I reckon from the Op's name that he is is Derby

Cannot send private messages

Posted: 10/01/2014 at 18:09

Thanks Dove and Mark 1963. I just realised that rather than hovering over the avatar and clicking on 'Message' (which only gives the blank page), instead click on the avatar, which displays the persons's basic info page, then click on 'Message me'.

Ho hum, live and learn.

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