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Breather Bags/Air Pruning

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 11:49

Thanks to the constructive responders here, I'll investigate further and give them a go I think.

Breather Bags/Air Pruning

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 18:56

I'm looking at bringing on a few young trees for topiary and such like, but don't particularly want to put them in the ground in the short term.  So I'm hoping for maximum vertical growth for a few years without doing too much to them.  If I were to attempt to do this in typical pots this would take a long time and end up with pot-bound trees.  However, I've been looking at alternatives like the Oregon Beather Grow Bags?

A. What do the experts make of these?  Particularly arborculturalists.

B. Are there alternatives that people know of in the UK?  Shipping from the US is quite pricey.

Is this Box?

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 12:13

Brilliant, thought so.  Cuttings from that will save me £hundreds!

Is this Box?

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 11:08

I think it is buxus sempervirens, but just wanted to check.


Can any holly be made into a standard?

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 10:59

Ilex will take quite a lot of punishment, even cutting it right back to the main trunk.  Select the leader and remove the competing branches back to base.  I would do any pruning right now, making sure you feed the tree at least twice in the spring to stimulate new growth.  It'll take years to achieve the standard look you want, but you might as well start now.  Prune it annually in into an obelisk shape and then begin to selectively remove the lower branches.  As Verdun suggests, it will certainly require staking.

Pruning Advice

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 11:24

Good link - thanks WB. I'm going to try snipping the smaller trunk from three of the ten plants and see what happens.  If it works I'll repeat on the others in the spring.

Pruning Advice

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 11:32

So I bought several of these Japanese Hollies, thinking I could create some interesting shapes for the garden.  All ten of them, however, have arrived with 'double' trunks.  Simple question: Can I just cut one of these off and expect the plant to survive and flourish through the remaining trunk (i.e. become a normal tree)?  Or will it try to send up suckers, become infected, fail to thrive, etc?

Thanks in advance.


Talkback: How to plant a yew hedge

Posted: 11/09/2012 at 21:03

Hello, I was just wanting to know what weed killer I am safe to use around Yew saplings?  The mulch hasn't been enough to deter and I want to purge the hedgeline of weeds, but don't want it to turn into an expensive error.

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Breather Bags/Air Pruning

Any good? 
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Last Post: 21/11/2014 at 11:49

Is this Box?

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Last Post: 02/01/2014 at 12:13

Pruning Advice

Ilex Crenata 
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Last Post: 06/09/2013 at 11:24
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