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debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,217
hi all just had one if these that i bought online healthy looking but tiny! Any idea how fast they grow? It’s for my daughters new bed and trying to decide on best position for it. 

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  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,092
     A quick Google came up with a height and spread of 4 feet (120cm) so it'll need that much space to grow into. I couldn't find anything on how fast it grows but you could put more temporary planting around it if it looks a bit lost in a 4ft by 4ft space (not too tall or too close though - too much competition will slow it down and could spoil its shape).
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,251
    Does the label give any indication of size at all. If not, have a google. I would expect abelia to be relatively fast, given that it's a shrub, but if it's really tiny, would it be better off in a container for a bit. 
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,092
    Lizzie27 said:
    ... if it's really tiny, would it be better off in a container for a bit. 
    Good point! How tiny is tiny?
  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,217
    About 8-10 inches in a 9cm pot. Think we will pop in into the bed near the seating area so when the scented flowers finally arrive we can enjoy them and then plant some annuals all around until it reaches full size. I usually try to go for more mature shrubs but never seen a scented Abelia before so couldn’t resist. It was 3 for £15 
  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 6,980
    If it's any help Debs - the Telegraph plant shop says it has a 'moderate growth rate' - no, I'm not sure quite what that means either...

    Guess it's not going to romp away and may take a few year to reach full size - but I would also expect to see some noticeable growth each year. Your plan sounds like a good one.
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,217
    My daughter was saying how nice it would be to watch it grow. She loves Abelia and a scented one seemed too good to be true. If I get any flowers I will post a photo
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,632
    Have you received them with leaves on? I believe the highly scented ones are deciduous shrubs, although colouring in autumn tend to lose their leaves throughout the winter months. I would keep your pots in a very sheltered spot up against a south facing wall to protect it for now. They sound like they may need hardening off.
  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,217
    Little tiny green leaves will take your advice and put them in a sheltered spot on the patio 
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