Posted: 07/08/2012 at 14:31
Hi Chaps (eses)-I dug a hole 6" larger diam than the container and also spiked holes in the bottom and filled with shingle and left a 4" layer of shingle under the plant to aid drainage. The root ball had not grown anywhere near the size of the container when planted. Prior to my last pinus, that died, I had a large specimen cordyline in the same position which thrived for several years until the major frost that killed most in this area of the country. The nursery have already replaced the last pinus and will not replace this one as well. As the cordyline thrived I did not expect to have this problem. The soil is not solid clay and has had 8" of compost dug into it's upper layer. PH approx 10.other plants around it are thriving as well. I am at a loss whether to add more water or assume fairly regular fall from the sky will suffice.