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Hakuro-Nishiki write off?

JamieBJamieB Posts: 19
Morning everyone, a query from the unlearned...I planted out what I think was a pair of Salix integra Hakuro-Nishiki standards both of which I proceeded to neglect. Sensing their demise I removed them from the offending soil and potted them up and hard pruned the pair to remove what was clearly dead wood. Unfortunately this took one of the standards right back to essentially a small bit of material grafted onto the stem/trunk. Is it a write off or might I expect a miraculous recovery? The wood of the grafted material doesn’t look to have any tinges of green through the cross section so I suspect the worst although I’m not sure that’s necessarily game over. All thoughts most welcome and I hope you’re all keeping well. Kind regards james
 
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  • B3B3 Posts: 21,525
    That pot would've been far too small anyway. You must have had to damage the roots to get it in there from the ground  - note past tense.😕
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,671
    it has ceased to be : it is an Ex Salix
    Devon.
  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,387
    That is a nice pot but a really bad shape for any perennial planting. It would be a nightmare to get any established root ball out to move a plant to a bigger pot.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,671
    steephill said:
    That is a nice pot but a really bad shape for any perennial planting. It would be a nightmare to get any established root ball out to move a plant to a bigger pot.
    easier to get out of a nightmare than out of that pot. ;)
    Devon.
  • JamieBJamieB Posts: 19
    B3 said:
    That pot would've been far too small anyway. You must have had to damage the roots to get it in there from the ground  - note past tense.😕
    Thanks, I expected the worst. The root ball wasn’t that big in fairness so it potted up quite easily. Cheers
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,729
    JamieB said:
    B3 said:
    That pot would've been far too small anyway. You must have had to damage the roots to get it in there from the ground  - note past tense.😕
    Thanks, I expected the worst. The root ball wasn’t that big in fairness so it potted up quite easily. Cheers
    In which case it was already departing this mortal coil...
  • JamieBJamieB Posts: 19
    steephill said:
    That is a nice pot but a really bad shape for any perennial planting. It would be a nightmare to get any established root ball out to move a plant to a bigger pot.
    Absolutely! There’s no potting on once its grown, you have to let the soil dry out, then saw through the root ball to splitting it into quarters, then lever out the bits. Nightmare indeed. But I was young and naive when I bought the pot!
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,142
    It looks like a stick to me. An ex-salix, yes.
  • Hi Jamie, if you want to bother. can you take it out of pot and dig it in soil in a spare corner of the garden, moist soil would be best.  Keep watering all summer and if it miraculously puts forth a little shoot you can tend it better. If it dries out and is unresponsive Plant a climber and use it as a support. Valerie 
  • JamieBJamieB Posts: 19
    Hi Jamie, if you want to bother. can you take it out of pot and dig it in soil in a spare corner of the garden, moist soil would be best.  Keep watering all summer and if it miraculously puts forth a little shoot you can tend it better. If it dries out and is unresponsive Plant a climber and use it as a support. Valerie 
    Thanks Valerie, that’s a good idea. I hate giving up on plants, feels wasteful. KR jamie
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