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what sort of soil does Drimys lanceolata like? just planting 2 up in rough ground with little top soil. Is it like rhoddies? or will chicken pellets/ home compost/manure do better? Thanks


By Alif

Argyll, Scotland



Mine is in neutral soil - I planted it two years ago in compost + chicken manure pellets! It seems to be thriving and growing well. Good luck with yours. :-)

22 Feb, 2009


It originates from woodland type settings so plenty of leaf mould will encourage strong roots. my RHS book says it will tolerate sun or partial shade but it doesnt like drying winds. hope thiis helps.

22 Feb, 2009


Yes, mine is sheltered and in partial shade. Thanks for the reminder, Sbg - I should have said that!.

22 Feb, 2009


hope you dont think i was correcting you Spritzhenry, i dont grow it I was just researching it as I'd not heard of it before. looks a stunning shrub.

22 Feb, 2009


Of course not, Sbg! I was pleased that you added your comment - I was in a hurry getting ready to dash off to church and answered Ali's question too briefly. :-)

22 Feb, 2009


thanks guys. glad I asked as I have loads of shade but was preparing a hole in a sunny patch that needed cheering up. Time for a re-think

22 Feb, 2009

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