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KlinkKlink Posts: 32

I ordered two Golden Elm (Ulmus Wredei) a couple of weeks ago as i want something to grow against the fence at the back of my garden to help hide the house that overlooks us.Anyway,i saw this photo and thought they looked just the job.

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 They arrived this morning.Now i know they'd come as small saplings so wasn't expecting great things but i have to say,i'm slightly disappointed at what came.

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 At £30 for two ... 

Do you think they'll ever get to look like the first photo? To be honest,ive bought better plants at Morrisons but unfortunately,they didn't have Golden Elm.

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  • KlinkKlink Posts: 32

    And yes ,they did arrive on their side but they're upright now,unlike the photo  image

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Yes, they will. Small plants do much better than large ones once planted out, in fact. Plant them out, feed them well, and they'll reward you.

  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Yes, they will grow on, but as with all trees, they will take time.  You cannot pack and send mature trees by post, though there ae companies that specilise in this at a cost.  Your saplings look healthy enough, plant them, feed and water them, and then let nature do the rest - she will, as long as you give her time and supplies to do so. 

    Our apple trees looked like that many years  ago when they came, and fruited regularly and well ever since - enjoy. 

  • KlinkKlink Posts: 32

    Thanks for that.I have to say i was a bit worried as one just looks like a stick with a little green shoot at the top and not much growth at the root.You can't prune them apparently so i wondered about side growth...  It's looking better now i've repotted and watered it.It had a few little white grubs that looked like woodlouse larvae?? so the birds had them and now it's sitting resting until planting out time.

    I think half the fun is watching your plants grow Bookertoo.Couldn't afford mature trees even if i wanted! image

     

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619

    Err...can you describe the larvae? I'm just a bit concerned with your comment of little root growth, they might be vine weevil larvae.

  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Yes, I too would be more concerned about the larvae than the smallness of the saplings - can you as Klink suggests, take a picture of those?  If you have disposed of them, then look up vine weavil larvae on a search engine and see if that is what they looked like??  If so, your supplier can take your plants away and give you new ones with no additions!!  They may be something quite harmless, but you need to make sure. 

  • KlinkKlink Posts: 32

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     Yes it was two of these!!! I've never seen them before! Only one sapling had them.Is it doomed?  image

     

  • KlinkKlink Posts: 32

    Just mailed the supplier.I'll wait to see what they say.

    I'm really grateful for your help.I'd have just planted them out ! image

  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 580

    Golden elm are not fast growers.

    I think £15.00 each sound a very good price.

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • LynLyn Posts: 8,374

    That is Scarab beetle grub.i think you must really search in the roots of those trees in case there are any more.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
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