No berries on Nandina Domestica Richmond

Title says it all really - I bought a Nandina early this year as a 10l pot.  It had berries on at the time.

Seems to be doing ok this year, it had flowers and foliage now turning a lovely red, but no sign of berries.

Any ideas - should I be seeing these now or am I being a bit impatient?

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,283

    Could be that it needs a pollinating partner, which it would have had plenty of in the nursery of course.  See this article:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningadvice/3336634/How-to-grow-Nandina-domestica.html

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • I'm sure Richmond is self fertile?

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,283

    Yes, I missed the 'Richmond' bit in the title!  Perrhaps the other reason mentioned in the article (temperature) could be the issue. It was much colder than normal earlier this year, possibly when it was in bloom?

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Hmm don't think it was that cold here, I'm starting to wonder if it isn't Richmond after all and a different variety ?

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,283

    If you have room, Andy, perhaps get another 'Richmond' from a different supplier to help with pollination?  Even self-pollinating varieties will do better if they can cross-pollinate with another one.  That applies to all types of self-pollinating plants, especially those which produce berries or other fruit.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Might look at that Bob.  Stupid question, but how close would these need to be to pollinate each other?  one in front garden and one in back ok?

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