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L3iH 18-10-2017 12:25 PM

what size hydrangea petiolaris to buy?
I know hydrangea petiolaris are slow to start. With the choice between a 2 litre and 5*litre plant am I better off going for the larger or will this not make much difference in how fast it establishes in a new container or raised bed?

Many thanks for any advice.

Iggy 18-10-2017 04:14 PM

what size hydrangea petiolaris to buy?
replying to L3iH, Iggy wrote:
Doesn't matter, except the smaller is easier to plant and therefore more prone
to you properly digging too large a hole for the best establishment. However,
I find the larger plants to be more pot-bound, almost no soil, and needing
more scoring or tearing.

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L3iH 20-10-2017 11:47 AM

Just to update - prompted by a comment that sometimes vendors simply put a smaller plant in a larger pot with lots of compost, I called the company (begins with T-M) and asked how old the two different size pots were. The person I spoke to was very helpful about ideal planting needs and agreed the smaller_size would be better as it would be less "set in its ways" so to speak and so would settle in to a new location more quickly (particularly given the limitations of my tiny garden). Hopefully in a year or two I'll have a happy hydrangea, however big it is!

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