I apologiseif this has been asked before but has anyone bought online from Seagrave nurseries, I want to buy some red robin for screening and they have some 6foot 6ins for £63.75 each and am wondering if this is a good deal.
That's a huge amount of money! I'd personally try a hedging/tree specialist or a good nursery and buy smaller plants (around 3 feet ) which will establish better.
Large shrubs of any type can be very difficult to get established.
Thanks Fairygirl the only reason I would spend that kind of money was to get the instant height for some privacy, The other doubt I have is although they show them 6ft they are thin at the top, I;d post a pic but maybe seen as an advert and it's probably not allowed on site.
I agree with Fairy, it will be hard to establish a shrub of that size. a smaller one will overtake it in a couple of years
That tends to be the problem with shrubs which are that size in pots. The pot restricts the outward growth but allows some height. That's why establishing them is tricky because the root ball is too small to support the top growth.
Ideally they would be put in the ground and pruned to make them bushier before they grow on to that sort of height. A three foot decent specimen will put on a fair bit of growth over the next year or so, but it's always difficult when you want privacy quickly, I'm afraid.
Well thank you very much both you've convinced me not to spend about £300 on possible/probable failure.
It's back to the drawing board.
I agree with the above comments that planting large shrubs and trees can be problematical and that smaller ones can overtake them in a few years, as nutcutlet points out. I don't think it is so much that the root ball is too small for the top growth but rather more that the roots have not grown down into the surrounding soil enabling them to take up more moisture during dry periods. They haven't had the time to search out those nooks and crannies to enable moisture uptake. Planting large specimens will require lots and lots of water and you will struggle to keep them alive in the first year after planting let alone enabling them to put on good growth....just my opinion having planted a few trees that were medium sized pot grown specimens.
thank you too Redwing and reading your post has made me realise they would be a real challenge because I want togrow them in containers for to reasons
1. above ground to give me more height
2. If I don't settle here I don't want to leave so much behind like i did in my other garden, I hope that doesn't seem cheap or mean of me.
Maybe tell us more about the site and what you're trying to do - perhaps we may come up with a simpler solution