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I have a couple of small conifers outside the front door - admittedly the pots are too small for them i think, but one has managed to survive perfectly well - the other less so. I think actually the wind over the winter removed some of the soil from around the roots, and gradually it turned brown.


If i look real closely at the main stem of the bush there is a bit of green, which suggests there might be some life left. With that in mind, whats the best way to bring it back to life like its green brother?

I had already intended on transferring it to a larger pot - do i also need to prune it right back to the main stem - i realise that will look horrific but im led to believe that a brown conifer will never go green again so the brown needs to be removed?



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,312

    It's dead, sorry. Conifers don't recover from that, they have no resting buds to take over when leaves die.

    The oft quoted 'bit of green' doesn't mean, maybe hasn't been dead long.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • darren636darren636 Posts: 666
    That's not dead.

    Its very very dead!
  • Hi everyone.


    I transferred this to a bigger pot today - there are some green bits around the main stem, so i hoped it might have some chance, but it seems not.

    I'll know for next time...! haha!

  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    Steve, if the wind is very strong and especially very cold, it will damage conifers. Next winter you might want to move them to a sheltered spot.

  • LandlubberLandlubber Posts: 396

    it's like that dead parrot - you know the one?image


    The green bit is waiting to die, past the point of recovery sadly.

  • Thanks all.

    I'm going to try and take them back, noting that the other conifer was in the same sized pot and same position yet is going along nicely. We only bought it middle of last year.

    That said, the other conifer (now in a larger pot) has a couple of brown branches towards the bottom - should i be cutting these off? And is now a good time to be pruning it to make it more cone shaped?

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