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How to rejuvinate a Mock Orange Shrub

Discussion in 'NEW Gardeners !' started by Kevin Cowans, May 15, 2018 at 2:03 PM.

  1. Kevin Cowans

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    Hello all

    I have a Mock Orange Shrub that is not doing too well.

    Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can rejuvenate it?

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    I have two other Mock Orange Shrubs in the garden and they have grown out of control but that is another thread.

    Thanks in advance

    Kevin
     
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    Kevin, it is too close to the fence so doesnt have much space to thrive. Otherwise, leaves look okish to me.
    How long has it been there? Has it flowered? Its flowering time is in June/July.
    In September or so I would move it. Give it at least 90 cm from the corner; 120 cm is better. Before re-planting I would dig over the soil and give it some dried manure, compost, chicken pellets, fish blood and bone....whatever you choose......and mix it with the soil to back fill. Water and mulch.
    When it starts to grow vigorously, prune it every year after flowering:)
     
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    Hello

    Thanks for the reply.

    I had a feeling the placement was wrong for it.

    It has been in that spot for maybe 15 years at this point.

    I will look into moving it as I am actually thinking of clearing that border and starting afresh.

    Kevin
     
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    15 years Kevin?
    In that case dig as large a rootball as possible; judging by its top size the root system may not be too big either. I would cut all the branches back to the base; dont expect any flowers next year and possibly the year after:)
     
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    Hello

    Thanks for the reply.

    Actually 15 years may be slightly conservative :)

    Due to poor health the garden has been neglected for a while but I am determined to get on top of it sooner or later, starting with these shrubs.

    Thanks

    Kevin
     

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