Philadelphus 'Mrs E.L. Robinson'

KlinkKlink Posts: 32

I was thinking of growing this in a large tub,mainly because i'm not sure where it's going to end up permanently.Does anyone have one and will it survive ? image



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,244

    I should think it would go a year or two in a tub Klink, more if you look after it. I keep all sorts of things in tubs for a season because I'm an impulse plant buyer and bring things home and, surprise! there's nowhere to put them

  • nutcutlet wrote (see)

     I'm an impulse plant buyer and bring things home and, surprise! there's nowhere to put them

    Thank goodness it's not only me! - I've got pots & pots of things (mainly cheaply bought or cuttings) which I will find the perfect place for eventually......image

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,737

    Me too image

    to walk through a forest is to touch the past

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,244

    That's Ok then, I'm not on my own. I don't impulse buy anything else but I'm not safe in a nursery. And I can't stop propagating things. I was looking at a pot of epimedium today, Didn't look too well. I wondered why I was keeping it. Theres a patch of the plant a metre across in the garden, why would I want some in a pot?

  • diggingdorisdiggingdoris Posts: 501

    We are all guilty of doing that. Taking seeds of nigella,' just in case' which I love , but I've already got them coming up all over the garden. When I prune shrubs I always feel bad about throwing the cuttings away and usually pot them up and tend them religiously until they are growing well. But then I don't know what to do with them! Certainly no space in my garden . You can't see an inch of soil between plants!

    I have friends and family who are usually happy to find homes for them.

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609 are not alone... compulsive plant purchaser signing in... today I bought a fragrant Daphne, Dianthus 'Kahori' which I absolutely love, Chamaecyparis Boulevard... some Lilium speciosum... a Hebe, ..oh my goodness all sorts of lovely things... no idea where they're going at the moment...  I did reject one plant..

    incidentally, I got a 60 litre bag multi purpose Westland compost for £2... special offer... I think it was a Wyevale centre...

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,198

    Klink - I brought Philadelphus from my last house and had them in pots for three years before deciding where to put them.  They were fine, although didn't grow much, and never flowered.  As soon as I put them in the ground they romped away, and now flower beautifully.  So I would say it is ok as a temporary home, but maybe not as a permanent solution if you want them to perform at their best.

    Love the scent from their flowers -seems to travel round the whole gardenimageimage

    The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones ......
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,737

    I think we all do it Klink so don't worry! As chick says some plants will survive no prob for quite a long time as long as they're cared for but it doesn't mean it's ideal for them long  term. Many plants will do just as well or even better in pots as it gives them protection or better/different conditions than the ground-really depends on your own situation.

    Salino- re the compost. I got some from Homebase last week and it seems good. Not suitable for ericaceous plants (which I hadn't realised as it is multi purpose) but I'm using it mainly for repotting and breaking up solid clumps in new front bed so it's fine. Have you noticed they all seem to be 60L bags instead of 75? Sign of the times image

    to walk through a forest is to touch the past

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,095

    I have a 3 year old golden leaved philadelphus, which I have potted on each year and now it's chest high, bushy and covered in buds in a knee high pot. I half filled the pot with manure, earth and compost and topped it up with compost. But I don't know how long it will stay like that. I needed something big and bright for a dark corner of the terrace.

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