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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 3:43 pm    Post subject: cutting back golden conifer Reply with quote

I have a golden conifer in a window box not sure exact one Goldcrest i think.
I want to cut it back a little bit because it seeems to unbalance the box when it is windy or at least contribute to the box blowing down

It was like this one at the start http://www.growsonyou.com/question/show/29863
That is not my pic

I never cut it but the top has become a bit flat. I would like to trim the side

How/when do i cut it back?
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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you could cit it back now and trim up the sides but if you want my honest answer I would dump it as it will grow to 12 meters and more. I would prefer box or yew for pruning.
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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greengage wrote:
you could cit it back now and trim up the sides but if you want my honest answer I would dump it as it will grow to 12 meters and more. I would prefer box or yew for pruning.
will not grow 12 m in a window box
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, it won't grow to 12m in a window box, but it will try to. As the roots fill the container, it will become pot bound, and go brown and straggly. If you want small specimens as a feature in a container, you have to keep replacing them eventually.
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tippben wrote:
No, it won't grow to 12m in a window box, but it will try to. As the roots fill the container, it will become pot bound, and go brown and straggly. If you want small specimens as a feature in a container, you have to keep replacing them eventually.
could cut back the root. my query was if it is ok to trim the out side now
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The answer is yes.
But i would dump it after this season and buy a new one if you like them.
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