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Is it worth buying a mature shrub Sarcococca

I am thinking of buying a very expensive mature shrub 20litre pot (Sarcococca Hookeria var dignya)to plant in order to have height quickly.  What should I do specifically to prepare the ground to help it along even more.  Or am I mad and should just buy normal size and be patient just in case it doesn't work, it is for shade in a new bed. We will be removing old grass and moss.


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,156
    Hello Judy. If you can afford it then go for it. I have a lovely example growing near my back door and when I planted it I didn't do anything specific to the soil apart from add some pelleted chicken manure to the soil I used to backfill the hole with. Make sure you have dug a hole wider than the pot the plant is in and that the level of the soil in the pot is level with the finished planting site. Water well in its first year until it is well established.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,323
    That one does make good spread and growth quite quickly, I find ours suckers quite a bit but have had it a long time.
    So long ago I cannot remember what size we bought. Probably three litre pot.
    It is (I think) one of the nicer ones with the red base (thingy forgot what it is called base clasp of petals), and the newer stems have that red tint.
    Though it is described as purple?

    It is a nice thing if you want a big impact fast as Ladybird said go for it.
    But a smaller one won't take that long to get there.
    I like ours enough to have never moved it even when it suckered into the lawn :D

    The older stems go an unattractive paler green so from time to time I cut or pull those out to keep the younger dark green and red stems.
    So mine never goes over the 1 metre mark, in fact a bit shy of that.
  • Thanks. I am going to give it a try.  Fingers crossed!
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