Hello everybody. I saw flamingo trees for £2.50 yesterday and couldn't resist buying one. It's grafted onto a mystery stock, I have no idea what it is. Can anyone tell me if stocks tend to continue to grow in height or will it stay where it is with the salix doing all the growing? If it keeps growing I will be making a bed for it in my lawn this weekend, but if it won't grow any taller i will be potting it in a large pot and leaving it on the patio.
The rootstock won't grow taller because trees grow by extending from the top, not pushing up from the bottom,
BUT watch it for putting out new stems from below the graft, plain green, you can't miss them. They will continue to extend, from their tops til they swamp Flamingo.
In the sticks near Peterborough
Thanks, Nutty. That is brilliant advice, I maybe wouldn't have realised that was what was happening. I will keep my eyes peeled and my secateurs sharpened. Slightly disappointed i've bought a midget tree but am sure it will look good on the patio. At least i don't need to go out in the rain to dig a big hole in my lawn now. every cloud and all that....
It's a willow on another willow stock. Give it good quality compost and make sure it gets plenty of water. They don't like to be dry at their feet. Shelter from strong winds too as the palest leaves will scorch easily.
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