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Re: help with cultural methods
  • Subject: Re: help with cultural methods
  • From: "Zemuly Sanders" <zemuly@comcast.net>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2010 12:39:42 -0500

I'm sure you are correct, Kitty. I think it would be one way to ensure the customers get berries; however, they should be told to plant the shrubs separately.
zone 7
West TN
----- Original Message ----- From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, September 25, 2010 2:53 PM
Subject: [CHAT] help with cultural methods

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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