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shrub ID please

i bought this as a tiny little shrub about 8 years ago and basically havent touched it since... does anyone know what it is? im guessing im going to need to repot it this year?





also... what are these? there seem to be very common here, although i cant seem to identify them!#






  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358

    Looks like a rather unhappy Eleagnus LH  image Would be happier in the ground probably.

    The bottom ones are Pieris. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • i dont have anywhere to put it, it need to be in a container unfortunatly. what can i do to make him feel better?

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    Repotting into a slightly larger pot using John Innes no.3 compost should perk it up a bit ^_^

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,632

    1. Elaeagnus either ebbingei, or pungens

    2. Pieris

    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358

    I'd re pot into something bigger in spring, prune back a bit and give it a feed. The more top growth you have, the bigger the rootball  needs to be to support it, so it's probably a bit pot bound in the one it's in. Tease the roots out a bit when you re pot - if they look like they're just going round and round in circles that's the sign they're potbound. Anything that's permanently in a pot needs a bit more looking after in terms of water and nutrition, especially a large shrub. 

    Each spring take some of the compost out and replace with new to keep it happy, and just check that drainage holes aren't blocked so that it doesn't get waterlogged either. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Have bought a new pot for it, so will do that once the weather eases up a bit... should I use rotted horse manure, or FB&B?

  • ok, hes been repotted... he was VERY potbound in the old pot... feeling guilty now!

    trimmed the roots, and added FBB to the new mix, hopefully that will help... any other ideas?

    also, should i prune him somehow? how can i encourage more growth below where hes a bit scraggly? im new to pruning, so if so, please help me with clear instructions lol.. im so new to all this!

  • Trim the straggly branches to give it an overall shape. That should encourage the bottom shoots to grow. It is a good time of year to do it so you can afford to take a bit off.

    Alternatively you could remove the lower branches and pop in some bulbs or bedding to provide some spring summer colour. Just a thought.

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