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Wax Leaf Ligustrum (privet)

Posted by berrymm z8 MS (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 31, 06 at 11:54

Has anyone ever tried one of these in a pot? I have a small (3'-4') one in my existing landscape and I need to move it for a pathway and arbor that I am in the process of installing. I have no where else in the landscape to put this and was considering digging it up and potting it. Thanks for any feedback.


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RE: Wax Leaf Ligustrum (privet)

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a MI (My Page) on
    Fri, Mar 31, 06 at 17:49

Common bonsai specimen. Grows well in containers. Fast draining soil - full sun - balanced fertilizer. Tolerates hard pruning well. Best to dig before spring growth begins.

Al


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RE: Wax Leaf Ligustrum (privet)

I did not know it was a common bonsai specimen! Interesting. I would never have guessed that. I would assume the fact that it takes pruning so well might be one of the reasons? I have zero knowledge about bonsai. Thanks for your helpful feedback. I potted it over the weekend. Michele


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RE: Wax Leaf Ligustrum (privet)

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a MI (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 4, 06 at 18:34

See the beginning work on a future bonsai tree from a garden or hedge plant at the link below.

Al

Here is a link that might be useful: C'mon! I'll show you how they start a Ligustrum bonsai.


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RE: Wax Leaf Ligustrum (privet)

Now that your privet is a container specimen, you might consider allowing it to bloom and set fruit. Privets have really fragrant flowers -- something a lot of people never realize because when they're grown as a hedge the flowering stems are usually kept chopped back. But I lived next door to a neglected privet hedge for years and loved the scent that would waft into our yard, and the little waxy black berries the birds liked so much.

I also personally think a more natural bush shape is so much more attractive than a pompon or block, especially a single plant in a container.

Kristin


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RE: Wax Leaf Ligustrum (privet)

Kristin -- I like the scent too. I have waxy privet hedge around the front of my house -- so I let it bush out in the Spring, so that I can get the scent before I prune it.


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