Why not to buy pot bound plants

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Why not to buy pot bound plants
« on: January 07, 2012, 13:31 »
As I said on the What's the weather like thread the other day, we had a big Pittosporum shrub go over in the wind the other day.

It was a rescue job from work nursed back to health and I did untangle to roots as much as I could when planting, but just look at these  :ohmy:  I'm amazed it managed to grow so vigorously with so little root.




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Re: Why not to buy pot bound plants
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2012, 13:40 »
Wow!
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days all attack me at once...

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Re: Why not to buy pot bound plants
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2012, 15:31 »
Round and round they go, and where they stop, nobody knows  :lol:
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Re: Why not to buy pot bound plants
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2012, 17:42 »
I've noticed over too many years to admit too that what's happend to the pittosporum happens when the pot isn't given a good soaking before planting(when in the pot).I used to plant and then give the plant a good soaking thinking that it would have the same effect but I was totally wrong.Why that should be I have no idea

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Re: Why not to buy pot bound plants
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2012, 22:11 »
Good on you!  I always buy from the 'Buy or Die' table/section at the Garden Centres.  Most of them are crock bound and sometimes, if appropriate I end up splitting the root ball and getting several plants out of one!  Good luck saving this poor thing.  Keep us posted as to its progress.  Give it a £100 hole with lots of good stuff in it! ;)
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