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How to stop standards growing!?

Im thinking of buying 3 holly standards lolllypops all at around 5ft, i want them all to look the same and stay at that height so how do i stop the trunk/tree from growing to 6ft and another to 5.5ft ect hope this makes sence! Thank you


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,984

    tree growth is from the top/ends of branches, you have to keep clipping them. The trunk, below the lollipop, will get thicker but not longer.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • IamweedyIamweedy Posts: 1,364

    You are  giving me ideas to experiment with.

    How do you stop the stem of the standard  from getting top heavy with the weight of the foliage? 

    I tried this once. As the top growth of leaves is what fuels the plant it seems to be a balancing act between enough top growth and getting the stem thick enough to support it.

    'You must have some bread with it me duck!'

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,740

    You have to support the stem with canes until it's strong enough to cope without. With some plants that can take several years. 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,984

    do you get berries on lollipops or are the flowering/berrying bits repeatedly cut off?

    Not that I'm thinking of growing one, just interestedimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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