Chimonanthus praecox

nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,029

I've been thinking today and there are questions. Chimonanthus praecox I grew from seed maybe 10 years ago, might be a bit more. It's 5 or 6 feet tall and quite bushy. Any ideas when I might expect a flower?


  • discodavediscodave Posts: 510

    has it never flowered?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,029

    nope, not a sign

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,760

    This article suggests that it mght take up to 7 years to flower, so yours is definitely being a little tardy - perhaps a dose of potash might give it the right idea? 

    NB to self - another idea for the new bed in the front garden imageimage

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,029

    Thanks Dove, I'll have a strong word with it and a bit of potash. It can have the contents of the ashpan from the woodstove, or would that be too extreme?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,029

    I wonder if the 7 year estimate is from buying one at a GC when it would already be several years old. Mind you, mine is fairly substantial looking now and I hope for action very soon. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,029

    At last, not many but it's a startimage



  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICTPosts: 10,238

    Congratulations on the Christmas birthimage

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,029

    Thanks pansyfaceimage

  • I don't know that one but it does look very attractive.  What aspect and soil Nutcutlet ? I'm thinking of my new hedge planimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,029

    The soil is very well drained and lacking in humous. It's now quite shady which it wasn't in the beginning. It may not be ideal, may be the reason I had to wait so longimage


  • OK....thanks.......I should look it upimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,029

    Yes, look it up and check pruning. It's quite straggly, especially after this wet year or two and I don't know how it would respond to hedging. I've only cut off a few broken branches so far.

    Cornus mas is another yellow winter flowerer to consider. It's very reliable for meimage

  • I have Cornus mas on leans over from my neighbour's garden so I get the benefit ( and the pruning too unfortunately as she is elderly.......well.......more elderly than me at any rate ). The Goldfinches congregate there so it's worth the effortimage 

  • granmagranma Posts: 1,584

    More congrats from me tooimage

    Was it the threat of  " grounding it "     which  made it see sense ,

    maybe it did want to stay after all ? image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,029

    I should think that's what did it gran. It usually worksimage

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,107

    Oooh !  A christmas babyimage.  Still have 4 more years of patiently waiting to go hereimage - so great to share others whilst I am tapping my feet.  Will try booming "off with its head" next time I am passingimage

    Are you planning a 2015 nyd flower count Nut?  My daphne obliged yesterday, so I will have at least one !

    The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones ......
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,029

    Oh yes chicky. We've been doing that for years, can't stop nowimage

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