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Scrawny Sarcococca ?

Any ideas why my Sarcococca are struggling. They have been in a new build house north boarder for 2 years and are thin, almost leafless and very pale. . They flower well and have fruit, but they are sad little plants.
The Soil pH is 6.8-7.2 … and has been treated for Magnesium deficiency (Epsom Salts)
Sad cases have been dug up and planted in potting compost but are not really recovering

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 18,626
    edited February 2020
    There are different types of Sarcococca. You don’t say which yours are. I have both confusa and hookeriana and they grow in ordinary, fairly alkaline garden soil in what passes for full sun in Derbyshire.

    I know that the books say plant them in shade or dappled shade, but the only one that I tried growing there was miserable. I suppose shade in Derbyshire is colder and grimmer then shade in London.

    Have you put them in John Innes No 3 in a biggish pot? They sucker, so they like a lot of space for their roots to spread out.

    Here is the hookeriana, with a cat and a largish squirrel for scale, in a south facing bed after about ten years.


    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
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