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I need advise about my Salix Integra


By Tammyn

Canada Ca

I just moved into a home seven days ago and have inherited a Salix Integra. I know nothing about their care and none of my gardening books includes the "integra". This plant is in a large-ish cedar planter box on my deck and has been shaped. It is not looking terribly healthy. There are some new-growth branches, some on the bottom but especially on the top. But when I was taking off the dried leaves I found a lot of twigs in the middle were dead and easy to snap off. I am green-thumb wannabe but truthfully...



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28 Jul, 2009


Salix integra likes moist, heavy soil and an open situation - it also likes being able to spread its roots, and it can't in a container - that might be why its looking pretty unhappy. I'd guess you don't know how long its been in a pot - it may be that it wants to be put in the garden.

28 Jul, 2009


Sounds like your tree needs repotting.
Lift it out of the pot (I bet its a solid mass) Use strong jet of water to hose off most of the soil, trim the roots to one third smaller than the pot size.
Repot in "Sophisticat Pink cat litter" available from Tescos and well rotted pine bark.
Remove dead branches, prune tree and above all, keep potting medium damp! After two Months feed regularly throughout the growing season.
Repot tree yearly.
I hope this helps.

28 Jul, 2009


Well, Stjohntongue, your potting mix is different, I'll say that!

28 Jul, 2009


Everyone, for good healthy root growth "Sophisticat Pink cat litter" does the job. This is the site where I got the information, please check it out:
It's amazing!

29 Jul, 2009


Interesting indeed though Salix need no special treatment. Just replant it and the roots will be fine. The rootstock is probably Salix viminalis anyway.

1 Aug, 2009


This is true, Fractal, however potting in the above mix makes future rootpruning easier as the roots won't be all choked up with soil.

8 Aug, 2009

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