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Sam76Sam76 Posts: 111
Hi all, i have quite a lot of privet cuttings growing in the ground but want to give them a boost. Should i spread bonemeal to establish their roots or nettle fertiliser for growth? I've read that nettle fertiliser can be too harsh on young plants

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,245
    What sort of size are they, and how long have they been in the ground?

    I would tend to leave cuttings alone to develop slowly, rather than trying to force them. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Sam76Sam76 Posts: 111
    They were planted out in the spring. About 4-6". The cuttings were taken last august/september. Thanks
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,245
    Assuming the ground they're in is of a reasonable quality, I would leave them alone to develop their roots slowly and become sturdier plants in the end. 

    Others may have a different view though  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,403
    edited June 2019
    I agree with @Fairygirl ... I wouldn’t feed until they’re quite a bit bigger ... probably next spring when I’d give them a light feed of fish, blood and bone. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Sam76Sam76 Posts: 111
    What about adding manure as privet is a gross feeder?
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,245
    They're too young and immature just now. 
    You can feed in spring, as Dove indicates. By that time, they'll have developed good root systems, be well established in their surroundings, and used to your growing conditions. Manure would be fine then, as long as it's well rotted. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Sam76Sam76 Posts: 111
    Ok thanks
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,902
    I agree with  Dove and  Fairy,   If you feed yo plants they will try to put on a growth spurt, which will look nice to you but the won’t make a decent root system, they can’t do both, and your top growth will then be weak, not what you need when winter comes, so leVe them to do their own thing, you may not see much change but they will be the better for it. 

    If they were mine I would have brought them on in pots until double that size, but I  do hope these work for you.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Sam76Sam76 Posts: 111
    Thanks all
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