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Questions About Blackthorn Shrubs

Asked by
coleman on
June 23, 2012

Q. Transplanted blackthorn shrubs

I have moved blackthorn shrubs, about 24 inches high, but they look dead. Moved them about 4 weeks ago.

Answered by
Nikki on
June 25, 2012
Certified Expert
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They are likely suffering from shock associated with the move. Also, it is possible that there are air pockets in the soil that are affecting the roots. I would step firmly on the root balls to help collapse any air pockets. Flood the area with water to help fill them in. Up its watering as well. It may also have a fungus disease, so I would treat the plant with a fungicide.

If you are unsure as to whether the shrubs are still alive, this article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/how-to-tell-if-a-plant-is-dead-and-how-to-recover-an-almost-dead-plant.htm

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Asked by
annet on
December 27, 2015
Fife Scotland

Q. Blackthorn tree

Given as a gift, but I have a very small garden. Can I grow this bush/tree in a tub? Also, would I be able to contain the size by pruning?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
December 28, 2015
Certified Expert
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My research shows that this bush would be best grown in the ground and would not do well in a container.
Keeping the size contained to 6 to 8 feet with pruning is possible and will result in a manageable specimen.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/blackthorn/growing-a-blackthorn-tree.htm

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Asked by
davymoncs on
August 28, 2018
Falkirk

Q. How long do I keep a blackthorn bush in a pot?

I have two very small (12 inch) blackthorn bushes and am looking to put them in my garden. Should I keep them in a pot and if so, how long for, or should I put them directly into the ground?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
August 29, 2018
Certified Expert
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If you can include your USDA zone I will be more than glad to help you figure out the best time to plant these. Generally, anytime the weather is mild is a good time. They will prefer to be in a fairly large container if you plan to keep them there. 8 Gallons or more will be plenty of room for several years.

In the meantime, this article will give you more information on the shrub: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/blackthorn/growing-a-blackthorn-tree.htm

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Answered by
davymoncs on
August 29, 2018
A.

Thank you for the reply. I am based in Scotland so cannot give you a USDA zone.

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