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Any Gardeners Here?

This plant has gotten far too big for the positon it's in...... so, the question is, can I dig it out and move it, and is there any way to stop it growing any more?

Failing any of the above, the skip looks like a likely place for it!
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Re: Any Gardeners Here?

That looks like some kind of Palm tree to me.

I don't know what their roots are like but autumn would probably be the best time to relocate it.
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That looks like some kind of Palm tree to me.

I don't know what their roots are like but autumn would probably be the best time to relocate it.
Thanks. The roots aren't particularly large or deep. It would actually come out no problem...... I've also got a smaller one of these, but if there's no way of stopping growth it'll need to be moved as well.....
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Re: Any Gardeners Here?

Do I have your permission to use the pic to check to see what it is via a FB page, I'm in? Then Google is your friend.
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Re: Any Gardeners Here?

It looks similar to one of the Sisal plants (singe root) growing in a large pot in the garden. The plant has a spear leaf, which I cut off or turn down so it does not poke an eye. Grows well in the dry and in drought. I took the photo today using a phone.

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Hoik it out and put a row of neeps in!

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Re: Any Gardeners Here?

Its not the best time, but yes you can move it

Take as much of a root ball as you can manage to lift and get it straight into the new hole (which you prepare 1st). It will need loads and loads of watering for a few months whilst it recovers from the move

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Re: Any Gardeners Here?

It will continue to grow unless you put it in a pot to restrict the root growth. Take a chance and move it.
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Re: Any Gardeners Here?

Thanks to all. It's definitely getting moved, and if it doesn't survive the trauma I won't be duly upset! Time to get my trusty (rusty?) gardening implements out....
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Re: Any Gardeners Here?

It's a Cordyline. If it's C. australis the root/rhizome will be huge.

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Thanks to all. It's definitely getting moved, and if it doesn't survive the trauma I won't be duly upset! Time to get my trusty (rusty?) gardening implements out....
So it's a row of neeps then!

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It's a Cordyline. If it's C. australis the root/rhizome will be huge.

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I did manage to dig out two huge elephant grass last year.... now that's what you call rootballs! Each one took about 3 hours to dig around and down! Not funny....
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Re: Any Gardeners Here?

I'd be interested to know how you get on Dek as we have one just outside our kitchen window that is also getting too big. If it's got huge roots then I'll need to dig ours out too as it's pretty close to the house.
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Re: Any Gardeners Here?

I am no Gardener, my wife does the garden, although I do get to cut the grass. We have some plants that look like that:

Cordyline:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=543

Cordyline grow fast, we have had to have one drastically pruned before now.

Yucca:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=944

We have just acquired a Yucca, and have not really got to know it yet..

Phorium:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/12791/...-tenax/Details

My wife thinks that it is a Phorium. We just saw one of these in a garden centre, but we have not got one yet.

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Re: Any Gardeners Here?

As Andy says, if you take a large enough root ball out undisturbed, and water it properly for months afterwards, you can move anything.

The books tell us that moving Daphne shrubs is almost impossible, but I love them and Id grown half a dozen different varieties in our previous garden from cuttings. Since they had grown large and buying replacements of similar size for our new garden would have cost a fortune (up to a hundred quid a pop for a couple of the rare ones, I found) I had a go at moving them extremely carefully with massive footballs in very large plastic pots using a mates van.

All 6 survived and are doing very nicely in our current garden, 20y later. Fantastic scent in winter and spring.

Go for it. I bet your plant there would be pretty expensive in a garden centre.
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