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MeomyeMeomye Posts: 814
Can this be grown in a container please? If so what size would you suggest? 


  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,262
    Yes it can, for a while anyway.
    Size of pot depends on size of plant, not too big a pot at first, then pot on.
    Plant in a mixture of JI 3 and MPC.
    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • MeomyeMeomye Posts: 814
    Thank you @punkdoc , I have both, JI no3 and mpc.
    I wonder, is any one growing this in a pot at the moment?
  • JessicaSJessicaS Posts: 722
    Just to say keep it well pruned in a pot - I grow mine as a tree and its 6ft +, it grows about 2ft a year!
  • BlueBirderBlueBirder Posts: 212
    If you grow it in a pot, you can keep it manageable by cutting it right back to the ground every winter. I don't think it flowers this way, but you get more intense coloured foliage. If you grow it as a tree you'll need to prune it pretty hard, which can also affect the flowering.
  • earlydazeearlydaze Posts: 100
    I have it in a pot at moment- plan to prune but is only first year for me.....
  • seacrowsseacrows Posts: 221
    Wow. I wouldn't even try it, unless you're going for bonsai. There's a lovely specimen in one of our neighbours gardens, maybe eight years old, and it's a twenty foot tree. Whether you could keep it small and manageable by crowding the roots and heavy pruning, I don't know. 
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 10,811
    It's easily manageable under that height @seacrows, mine's older than that and it's no more than 7-8 ft high. You just need to chop it back every year (once established) in early spring.

    I haven't tried growing one in a pot.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,115
    I have two in the ground. I cut them back to maybe 18 inches or 2 feet each spring and they easily get up to six or eight feet over the course of the summer depending on how wet it is. And that's on a dry poor sandy soil. I can't imagine them being very happy in a container for more than one or two years.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • MeomyeMeomye Posts: 814
    Thanks everyone for your comments. I did have it in the ground (in very poor soil, I might add) and it hardly grew so I recently dug it up and was struggling to find another place to put it so that is why I was considering a container.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 20,943
    I had one in SW France which only grew about a foot a year. Maybe the summers were too hot and dry for it.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
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