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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:18 pm    Post subject: Is this possible Reply with quote

I have a snowy mespilus and an upright hornbeam both decidious as you folks know.

I wondered could I grow an evergreen climber through them to give some colour in winter.

If i could then how would i manage to plant the climber without disturbing roots? Would it be best in a pot? And what climber would be best? Winter flowering if poss
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it would but most climbers would smother the tree and It would not effect the roots, Now if you want a list thats another question and the fee increases. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greengage wrote:
Yes it would but most climbers would smother the tree and It would not effect the roots, Now if you want a list thats another question and the fee increases. Laughing
lol before i pay Very Happy you say "Yes it would" does that mean it would work? The roots of the hornbeam are near the ground aren't they?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes it would work, you could plant Honeysuckle, Clematis, even Ivy
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Being a "Doubting Thomas" are you positive about Ivy...my Neighbours Tree is choked by Ivy and no longer Greens in Summer apart from the Greenery of the Ivy...for all intent and purposes its an "Ivy Tree"...Ivy is a rampant plant that is best kept away on its own and I would be very reluctant to mingle it with another...
Just my Two Cents worth.....
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greengage wrote:
yes it would work, you could plant Honeysuckle, Clematis, even Ivy
How do i get around any root problems?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I assume the Amelanchier and the hornbeam are both well established and growing strongly. If not, don't do it!
Choose varieties of climber of a vigour compatable with the 'host' plant.
Site the climber so that it's roots will get some rain (not right under the host's branches).
Mix some BFB into the soil before planting and then give the planting hole a good soak. This will help the new plant get off to a good start.
When the water has drained away completely and the soil is workable, plant your climber and water in.
Train it's new growth on sticks/canes into the host plant.
Sit back, wait and enjoy.
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/berberidopsis-corallina/3205.html
Would this work?
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NO
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greengage wrote:
NO
why not?
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Because it comes from Chile with cold short winters, Not suitable for our wet damp climate, it needs ericaceous compost and shade. They start to grow with the first bit of mild weather early spring and get blotted with a cold snap, ok garden centres advertise them as suitable for our climate, maybe in west cork , kerry but not further north, and the plants you buy will not have been grown in Ireland or outdoors at that.Ah sure what would i know but it and let us know how you get on.
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greengage wrote:
Because it comes from Chile with cold short winters, Not suitable for our wet damp climate, it needs ericaceous compost and shade. They start to grow with the first bit of mild weather early spring and get blotted with a cold snap, ok garden centres advertise them as suitable for our climate, maybe in west cork , kerry but not further north, and the plants you buy will not have been grown in Ireland or outdoors at that.Ah sure what would i know but it and let us know how you get on.
ok thanks. The amelanchier is in ericaceous compost but I see your point re the rest
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