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Re: help with cultural methods
  • Subject: Re: help with cultural methods
  • From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
  • Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2010 13:22:26 -0500

It's surprising what some companies think they can get away with. Did your nursery send them back because they weren't worth what they paid based on wht they ordered? Or is it because it is not good to grow them that way?

This container, maybe a trade size 2 gallon or a little smaller, had 3 in it. The one in the middle was something of a runt while the two outer starts weren't bad. I got it at Lowes where they sell to some people who might only look at the leaf display coming from the pot rather than the overall manner of growth. The 3 came apart easily and I've repotted them individually. At $3.33 for the pot, that's a bargain. I only needed one and the other 2 will more than cover my cost at my sale next spring. I'm sure they'll survive as I did the same last spring when they put 2 in the container.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "james singer" <inlandjim1@q.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, September 26, 2010 11:20 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] help with cultural methods

Some container-plant grower try to cut corners by bunching up small,
usually young, plants in larger containers, then doubling or tripling
the price as if they had maintained the plant for an additional 2-3
years. We occasionally got shipments of them at the nursery; we always
sent them back.

On Sep 25, 2010, at 12:53 PM, Kitty wrote:

I picked up a Proven Winners Ilex x m. Castle Spire yesterday.  I
thought it strange that the PW tag dsn't mention needing a male
pollinator for those who aren't aware.  Since it showed the red
berries in the picture tag, I assumed it was female. Their website
says Castle Wall is the pollinator.  I have other I.x m. cultivars
that can handle the male role.

The cultural question I have is regarding the relatively recent (to
me) habit of combining more than one cutting of a shrub to a pot.
The reason is obviously to provide a fuller looking plant, but is
this a good practice?  I sort of understand the combination of one
male and one female in a pot, but again, is planting this way GOOD
FOR THE PLANT?  Will they soon grow to rub each other at the base,
eventually grow into each other there?  Is this good?  Also seems
like too much congestion at center, reducing air movement.

Anyway, what do you think?

neIN, Zone 5
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