A couple of years ago I purchased a Berberidopsis corallina. I was aware it requires acid soil and part shade, but I didn't realise it was a plant sometimes listed as needing a very experienced skill level for growing.
This climber did well at first, but died over winter, despite being in a sheltered spot. I thought I was just unlucky, so I purchased another, but this time I put a cutting from the plant into a pot. The main plant once again died, but the one in the pot, which is in my shed, has grown enthusiastically. This makes me think it would do well in a greenhouse or conservatory, but I have neither. However, websites describe the plant as hardy, so in theory I should be able to grow it outside, with the right environment.
I now don't know what to do with this cutting which is fast outgrowing the space it occupies in my shed. Shall I put it in a larger pot of ericaceous compost and grow it outside?
If so, where shall I site it ? Should it avoid early morning sun? Must it be protected from windy conditions? Having had 2 of these plants die over winter, I'm hesitant about putting this surviving one outdoors. I have other climbers doing very well in my gardens, such as Trachelospermum jasminoides in several different places. Very confusing!
Any response welcome, even if it's just a friendly 'don't know' !!!
- 14 Aug, 2008