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‘Floppy’ Japanese spindle

Hi, after moving 2 year old cone shaped Japanese spindles (Euonymus Jap Compacta) away from a sheltered wall to the middle of the patio they have completely flopped after the recent rain and seem quite weak.

Pic below, I’ve moved them back to shelter but I’m not sure if I should prune or tie it up to help it get stronger over coming years. ?

Welcome any advice as I have 2 of these and was hoping to make them feature patio plants. 


  • B3B3 Posts: 26,419
    Does your container have drainage holes?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Hi, yes, Ive seen the water draining out when I’ve watered in hot spells. Do you think I’m overwatering ? 
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    Sometimes with compact varieties, they need some pruning back to create stronger stems. Otherwise, they may grow all floppy. The other reason may be the growing conditions. Against a warm sheltered position leading to soft sappy growth and we did have a warm spell and sometimes, that alone will make plants grow fast, and the stems have not had enough time to age and stiffen. 

  • Ah ok. Thanks. Garden has shot up. Just Chelsea chopped the sprawling catmint. Cats very happy, bees less so.... 
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