Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by Fat Controller, Jan 1, 2019.
I suspect the heavy clay snorky. I have always grown them in shade
Ah maybe it’s because mine are all in full sun
Our spotted ones are in full sun and on heavy clay but have never noticed that happening Maybe I just haven't looked closely enough. Note to self: go out and have a look
Aucuba blackening / RHS Gardening The RHS seems to put leaf-blackening down to wet soil. My Aucuba picturata died a long, lingering death on a well-drained, shady bank
I'll check mine to see but we don't have wet soil although we have heavy clay. The rainfall in our area is quite low.
Yes I do think wet soil is the problem in Snorky's garden despite growing in sun. Perhaps the clay soil is more saturated than appears on the surface?? I moved mine a few years back as it always appeared below par.......now in a semi shaded spot it thrives. One of those plants that should be tried elsewhere in the garden perhaps before giving up on In full sun in poor soil I suspect leaf burn will be a problem too ....
I suspect with many plants, it's their inability to form good roots into the clay that is the problem, @shiney. Especially when they've been raised in peat or peat substitute which resists re-wetting if it's dried out at any stage. I used to have a real struggle to convince clients that pot-grown plants needed slow, careful watering for anything up to 2 years after planting into unimproved clay.
Sounds reasonable . When we plant anything we dig in our own compost as well. So even the heavy clay has been improved.
Certainly I can confirm you can hack back the ordinary green Laurel as hard as you like. I took a chainsaw to 1 of mine...not a favourite but massive job to totally get rid of it. The branches had diameters of about 10 inches so not quite a job for secateurs altho knew if dealing with your average shrub, it doesn't look too clever cutting Laurel leaves in half when pruning. It took a while but new buds eventually broke on the cut branches and 2 years on the brutal pruning has done the shrub wonders. Burnt the pruned wood in the log burner and it burnt very well...bonus!
I do have a plain laurel on the other side of the garden that is also due a whacking back - it flowers fairly early in the year, so I will get it done after it has flowered - that one, I am likely to reduce by at least half (not a fan). I also need to do the camelias at the front this year after they have finished flowering (just started flowering this week)
Ah yes, but you're a gardener
So are the rest of you
Really? I thought I was a liability!
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