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I have had this plant for several years 5+ and it is getting larger every year. Its growing at the base of a silver birch tree in free draining soil. It has never bloomed. I live in Nottinghamshire. Should I give up hope?


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Probably.............mine have always been first year bloomers.

24 Sep, 2011

 

This plant needs full sun - does it get it planted at the base of a silver birch? And rich soil - it's probably rather depleted under the tree.

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24 Sep, 2011

 

Are you sure its Eccremocarpus? I don't know what part of the UK you're in, but unless you're in a balmy, reasonably frost free area which escaped completely the arctic conditions during the last 2 winters, this would have died. I've only ever known it to survive for 5 years in a south facing, extremely sheltered garden in a built up area of London with reasonably mild winters at that time - it usually dies over winter.

24 Sep, 2011

 

Bamboo - mine has come through the last two winters (minus 18c last year) with flying colours. Indeed, it was in bloom on the 6th of April last year!

24 Sep, 2011

 

Thank you all for your help and interest. I think it may not get quite enough sun or enough feed. I'll consider transplanting it.

Marian.

24 Sep, 2011

 

Must be in a sheltered spot then, Meanie! I'm not convinced Marian's is that though - she lives in Nottinghamshire, which I'd hardly describe as balmy...but I stand ready to be convinced, lol!

24 Sep, 2011

 

It's on the east fence facing west Bamboo. As I say, it took minus eighteen last winter, and I have never lost one to the cold. They are far hardier than they are given credit for. The most important factor in winter is that there should be good airflow around the whole plant to stop mildew setting in.

24 Sep, 2011

 

I had two for 6 years at my last address - still there when I left, in a tiny, south facing, very sheltered garden. Evergreen year round there...

24 Sep, 2011

 

Hi folks,

I am sure its an Eccremocarpus as a friend grew it from a packet of seeds. It has come through 2 very hard winters but I'm not sure that it gets enough sun even though its south facing. Think I'll give it one more year as it must be quite deep rooted now so perhaps a mild winter and sunny summer will do the trick.

Thanks for your interest and help.

Marian.

25 Sep, 2011

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