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Guernsey Donkey2Guernsey Donkey2 Posts: 6,713

I bought & planted 3 cordylines at the same time in different parts of our garden. Two are in full sun for most of the day & one only has sunshine until about 2 p.m. The label described the plants as liking full sun, but the one in shade for part of the day seems to be looking better than the other two. All are in containers - but the two in full sun have turned orange and look awful - any suggestions please?image

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Last edited: 16 May 2016 15:57:34

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  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Central southern Scotland Posts: 3,845

    Mine have just come out from being over wintered but they are on their 3rd year growing in pots 

    they only get the sun between 10-2!! 

    Why not put the two poorly ones in the shade too and see if they improve

    are you in a windy spot?

    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • Guernsey Donkey2Guernsey Donkey2 Posts: 6,713

    Hi Lily Pilly, there were supposed to be three pictures, but it won't let me upload the third - says they are too big - I don't remember having this problem before. However, you are right, I should move them around a bit, it is just that they are in these granite troughs as part of a display & when a label says full sun I expect the plant to thrive in the right place. However if you have had yours for 2 - 3 years & only getting 4 hours sunshine a day perhaps mine are suffering from too much sun. They seemed a good buy at the time to give a central height to the troughs.

  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Central southern Scotland Posts: 3,845

    Yes Guernsey I know what you mean about the photos, sometimes I can and sometimes I cant

     load either. I use an iPad and have no idea how to reduce the size

    i have however just had a notification of your post, This Is My First since the "new look" thank you

    I did want to show you my palms but you will just have to imagine themimage

    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • Guernsey Donkey2Guernsey Donkey2 Posts: 6,713

    You may be right Verdun - I do water them all at least twice a week but the troughs drain and dry out very quickly, so that may be the problem - I will give them extra water for a few months and perhaps that will do the trick.  In the past I have used mini cypresses type of trees as centre pieces but they soon outgrow their position - I just want a tall statement type of plant that is evergreen & doesn't outgrow the centre of a granite trough too quickly - any recommendations? Do you think I should be giving them a special feed - at the mo I use Miracle Gro which certainly makes a positive different to our bedding & veg plants.

    Yes I have also had a few notifications today Lily Pilly which is a step in the right direction although why all this wasn't sorted before the initial changes were made I don't know. However I have had such good advice from the helpful gardeners on this Forum I am loathe to give up on it.

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    Yew is slow growing evergreen and has berries GD. I think it's a beautiful plant and it might suit your planters. Anything "statementy" is going to take a lot of looking after. Lots of feeding and watering but worth it.

  • Guernsey Donkey2Guernsey Donkey2 Posts: 6,713

    Yew sounds nice plant pauper - I always think of Yews as being tall - just as you see them in graveyards - are there minature varieties too or do you just clip the yew into the size that you require? Sorry to show my ignorance...... I think I have seen box clipped to make small pyramid shaped trees in containers now I think about it.

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    I think you could probably clip it a bit to keep it under control. I fancied a yew hedge a few years ago but was talked out of it because it would take "donkeys" to grow. See what I did? image

    Verdun'll know He has some I seem to remember.. He has the Irish yew (I think) which is more yellowy but I love the dark green .

  • Guernsey Donkey2Guernsey Donkey2 Posts: 6,713

    I will take a look at the GC next time we go pp - I guess the small ones will be less expensive - thanks for the idea you have planted in my head........ In the meantime I will give those Cordylines a good watering for a few weeks to see if that helps them to look healthier.

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    I've a cheek! My cordylines are in tatters! image

    That's one of tomorrow's jobs.

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