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2 year-old Choisya ternata

Posted: 12/04/2012 at 18:58

Borassus - apologies for naming you Borassum.  Typo.

2 year-old Choisya ternata

Posted: 12/04/2012 at 18:57

rosie plum, Borassum and Emma

Many thanks for your responses.

Borassus - I thank you for your politeness in describing this plant as not looking particularly robust!.  I do agree that the plant was not in ideal conditions. The soil appeared fairly good at time of planting (pH 6-7) but the positioning was semi-shade for part of the day and north-facing.  However, although the plant bed was situated north-facing,  this is a town garden surrounded by tall buildings and the sun from 11.30am-8pm mid-summer can be extremely warm) and the plant was open to the sunshine during these hours.   It has not grown at all in the past 3 years but it's neighbours (astilbe, pieris, aucuba, bay laurel) all planted at the same time, have thrived.  I only began tackling the garden 3 years ago so I am sure that my beginner experience is responsible for this failure in not knowing how to respond, certainly not in a timely fashion, to seeing a plant in distress. 

I also agree with Emma about the vine weevil in that the disappearance of the roots has been severe.  It is no exaggeration to say that all that is left is one 1cm thick main root about 6cm long and a series of extremely delicate looking hair-like attachments - which makes it astonishing to me that there are signs of new leaf growth now.  The original roots have most definitely gone.  There is so little there that it would have been easy to spot any 'can be seen with the naked eye' type pests and it's probable that there has been considerable eating going on over a long period of time.  I ought to have cottoned on to the possibility much earlier. 

It is now in a warm sunny spot  and I will nurse it over the summer months and hope to see some revitalisation.  I'm assuming that it does take even a healthy Choisya a few years to give bushy growth and height?  It would be informative to know how much growth a good healthy plant would be expected to produce in a year.

Thank you again for your appreciated responses.  It's very helpful, encouraging and a good learning experience.

2 year-old Choisya ternata

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 19:01

Many thanks rosie plum and Emma.  I'm sure investing in vine weevil killer will be a worthwhile spend.  Rosie - I have fallen for the yellow balls not being slow release fertiliser before and will attempt to be vigilant with what I spot, particularly in pots.  I've been digging up the area where the failing Choisya was and have sadly noticed that not a single tulip has come up this year and that other plants in the same bed are failing.   I'm thinking it might be worthwhile putting in a few hours digging up the soil and probably removing a lot of it.  (It's a very small garden and this slim section of a side border is only about 8 foot long  x 2 foot wide).  However, last autumn I had dug-in manure and in Feb this year I added leafmould.  The soil mix looks lovely and dark and is fairly light textured after thorough digging.  But with an overall small-sized garden I don't want to lose this area of it if there's an infestation in the soil.  I can't see anything obvious in there which is working away but will be contemplating what to do over the next week or so.  Thanks so much for giving advice.  This is only my third year gardening and it's a steep but joyful learning curve!

2 year-old Choisya ternata

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 09:25

rosie plum and Amy0824.  Thanks so much for responding.  I don't want to give it up Amy so will take rosie plum's advice.  I suspect it must be vine weevil and take the point about the pots.  There seemed to be no evidence of anything around the remains of the roots when I replanted it into the pot but I'm sure those nasty weevil's seek out what they want very easily.  I've also moved it from the back garden to the front hoping a different environment with little in the surrounding soil would work.  I will get some 'vine weevil killer' and see what happens over the next few months. 

Many thanks.

2 year-old Choisya ternata

Posted: 10/04/2012 at 21:41

I am wondering whether to give up on this Choisya ternata.  It was bought 3 years ago and after the first year there was no growth and something was eating the leaves.  Dug it up a few days ago and there is hardly anything left of the roots at all.  Also the leaves look as if they are being eaten but I haven't seen anything 'living' on it at all.  Had decided to throw it in the garden collection bin but wanted to try again.  Have now removed it from the garden and put into a pot - but even more holes are now appearing in the leaves.  But - it looks like a few new leaves on top are coming out.  It has not grown at all compared to the other Choisya I bought at the same time which is now about 3 foot high - doesn't flower though.  Does anyone think I am fighting a losing battle with the one on the photo or give me any advice?  Would be really grateful.  Thank you.

Scottish Clematis

Posted: 09/04/2012 at 10:22

Percy, I'm central Scotland and empathise with the weather comments.  Lots of Clematis in gardens around here but Montana seems to be the main one which seems to thrive (rampant!).  I have a 'Polish Spirit' (a dark purple)  - (Group 3 pruning I think) which I only planted last year and which took off and flowered really well.  Overwintered well in the period of very low temps.  Even had to dig it up and move it after house drain flood  (on Hogmanay can you believe!) and it's growing well after the move.


Posted: 08/04/2012 at 23:43

That's a beauty happymarion.  Really interesting to see.  Really enjoy these photos.

share some pic

Posted: 07/04/2012 at 17:43

James, beautiful colours and love the winter basket.  

Old shrubs

Posted: 07/04/2012 at 17:37

Good luck with whatever you try. 


Posted: 06/04/2012 at 23:14

Hello Daintiness.  Will take your tip on the ericaceous food and when to feed.  Thanks so much for that.

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