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Can 7" Escallonia be planted out in autumn?


 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 7:31 pm    Post subject: Can 7" Escallonia be planted out in autumn? Reply with quote

Hi!

I'm new to the gardening (eh, couple of years maybe?), and my question might be silly. But nevertheless, I don't want to make a mistake so I turn to you.
I was given an Escallonia plant (about 7" tall) yesterday, and I was wondering can I plant it out now? I've heard in a local garden center that last winter has been very hard on this shrub, and a lot of people have lost theirs. I'd be afraid to put it out, and not giving it the slightest chance to survive. Seems like it's gonna be a hard winter in store for us - holly is unusually full of berries this year.

I'd appreciate any advice. Thank you!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the harsh weather last winter was not the cause of the deaths of many escallonias. A foliar fungus disease was the culprit and this is still around. That is a very small plant that you are planting but irf it has been grown in the open till now then it can be planted out in a permanent place. I would not recommend the planting of an Escallonia right as there are plenty other types around including, Holly Beech Viburnum, Cotoneaster, Elaeagnus.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Michael for your reply! Yes, I came across the topic about that fungus after I posted, but still... Such a shame to throw it away!
(And i wonder why the garden center owner failed to mention the fungus, hmmm...)
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 6:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since you already have the plant, just pop it into the ground and see what happens. I have an entire hedge of ( pink flowered ) escallonia that is affected by the fungus, yet a single white flowered one elsewhere in the garden is ( as yet ! ) perfectly healthy.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Sive, I only have one, and I'm not planning on getting any more. I don't need a hedge so it's gonna be the oly specimen. Last night I brought it out into a cooler air, and I'll plant it today. Great day for it! Thanks everyone!
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