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Can you put silver birch in a pot .

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,655
    if it's a very large pot.
    Devon.
  • ForTheBeesForTheBees Posts: 168
    Isn't more a case of 'how big can Iet grow for a given pot', as per the art of bonzai?
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,154
    As Hosta says,

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,223
    I grew a silver birch in a half barrel did really well. I moved house and rather than risk losing it I gave it to a friend to put in her garden but it grew beautifully for 8 years and was about 8 foot tall when I gave it away. 
  • This could be the answer for tree lovers living with a small or rented garden. The great/blue and long tailed tits love our silver birch - they are one of the top trees for attracting wildlife.
  • Valley GardenerValley Gardener Rhondda ValleyPosts: 2,359
    I'd love one in the garden,especially if the birds like them,they are lovely trees,but we're a bit limited for space.
    The whole truth is an instrument that can only be played by an expert.
  • The silver birch in the picture are tall and slender, some birch are pendulous, so I would suggest the upright type if  you are able to make room for any Valley. They make an excellent screen to hide buildings overlooking your property. The pots are not cheap though, probably more expensive than the trees.
  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,223
    Gorgeous pots but mine did well in just a half barrel with regular feeding and top dressing. I live in rented houses but love silver birch in fact this post has inspired me to try again going to hunt around for a really huge pot! 
  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234
    I've already espied a half barrel and am planning where to decamp the present residents to. 
  • WaysideWayside Posts: 807
    edited August 2018
    I'd love one in the garden,especially if the birds like them,they are lovely trees,but we're a bit limited for space.
    How big is the garden?  We have one, not sure of age, but figure it's getting on 20 or more years.  And it's slender, with a high crown.  The crown also isn't that oppressive, and it has a light and delicate leaf.  So I see this as a neighbour friendly and suitable tree, even for 'smallish' gardens.   I've noticed quite close plantations of these, and they still don't feel that overwhelming.  I'd love the room for a good group of them.

    The pots above are nice too.
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