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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Fernspray Gold'

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Fernspray Gold' (Chamaecyparis obtusa (Hinoki Cypress))

I love the color of this Hinoki cypress, I expect the foliage to turn brown and ugly every winter but so far that hasn't happened. Even my 'Compacta' Hinoki cypress turned brown and lost some foliage the first 1-2 winters but this one has done great. I got this one as a potted plant and the 'Compacta' was B&B, I think that is why this one has done better.

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I already have this on my list, but you've confirmed that decision.

what's B&B, please?

1 Jul, 2013


Ball and burlap, when trees are field grown and then dug up and wrapped in burlap. It's a good way to get very large trees and a lot of plants grow faster in the ground then in pots but it's also more stressful on the tree. When you put a potted plant in the ground, they usually don't get transplant shock and grow quickly but when you plant a ball and burlap tree they usually don't grow well until the second or third year.

1 Jul, 2013


oh, right! thanks

must be stressful for plants - pot grown ones only get moved once; B+B get moved out of the ground and back in again, and in the meatimet hey're in "seonsory deprivation" while in transit

1 Jul, 2013


yeah, that and getting their roots cut when they're balled up

2 Jul, 2013


aw, that don't sound healthy - no doubt commercial growers don't have the time to make sure that they get all the roots - "near enough" would be good enough, so long as they get most of them.

Not sure what the UK equivalent of B+B is - I know one can buy pot, bare-root or other, rootball? - that sounds closest to B+B, but even bare-root must have been in the ground originally, unless they were pot-grown before being lifted.

Think I'll insist on pot-grown plants, delivered still in pot, when I start assembling my forest.

Even that's not always a good thing, though. Years ago I bought a variagated Rubber plant in a pot. when it was time to repot it, i teased the roots out from where they'd got compacted. While I was doing that, my fingers touched something that didn't feel right - when I investigated, I found that here was another pot buried in the mass of roots - plastic mesh, about 3 inches; when it came time for them to pot up the plant, they'd just taken it, pot and all, and put it into a bigger pot. The roots were severely congested and choked in the tiny mesh; it took me ages to snip each bit of plastic to pull the tiny pot away in fragments without damaging the roots, at least any more than I could manage to avoid.

Now when I repot bought plants, I routinely finger-brush out the roots as much as I can, to make sure that there's no starter-pot still embedded in the roots.

2 Jul, 2013

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