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One of my Cypress Trees isn't growing

shf.grahamshf.graham Posts: 3
edited April 2020 in Problem solving
Hi all,
Last year I bought 4 Cypress Trees, they were about a metre tall when planted.  They went in to a new border with brand new compost and some feed.  They were fed last summer and once again since it started getting a little warmer (Miracle Gro All Purpose Liquid Plant Food)
Three of the four have grown to almost the height of the fence panels and I have moved these on to bigger bamboo canes but one hasn't moved at all.  It is still the same height as when I first planted it.  Does anyone have any ideas what could be going on? I have attached some images. 
Thanks in advance!



  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,943
    Hello Sophie and welcome to the forum  :)
    Must admit l am puzzled ! 
    They all look healthy enough. Personally,  l would carefully dig it up and take a look at the roots. It's possible that for one reason or another they are still as they were in the pot, and haven't attempted to get into the soil. Did you "tease the roots" before planting,  that is, break into the rootball?  (Sorry if you already knew that :) )
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,107
    edited May 2020
    My inner Miss Marple says, look at the concrete pathway ... there’s an indication that a pipe or something has been laid along there and it turns and goes under your smaller tree ... I suspect that may be the ‘root’ of the problem. 
    When you prepared the planting holes what did you find just there?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • shf.grahamshf.graham Posts: 3
    Hi AnniD and Dovefromabove,

    I pulled it up yesterday to take a look and get some pictures.  It doesn’t look like the root ball has developed very much. I dug down further to see if there was any thing getting in the way. There is a soak away that runs under but it’s really deep underground so I don’t think that would be in its way.

    I’ve teased the roots out a little, put in some fresh compost and plant feed and replanted along with giving it a good drink. Hopefully it’s just a late developer 🤞🏼
    I’ve also relocated the plants around it to give it some more space.

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,943
    Let us know how it goes  :)
  • shf.grahamshf.graham Posts: 3
    absolutely AnniD will keep you posted! 
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