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Dear Shoot, In January we bought a Mahonia Charity, a large one which came over from Italy and cost £180. It has shown absolutely no new growth despite all the rain. Also, our gardener planted it in a sumnny spot. Is it going to be ok?

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  • Posted: Sat. 12th May 2012 10:53

Re: Mahonia Charity

Reply from Angie Robertson

Hi Catherine....
I am interested in joining this topic. I planted a Mahonia x media charity in January also. Admittedly it cost a fraction of your more mature specimen, it has shown no sign of growth either.
One thing I do know is that larger specimens do take longer to settle into their new habitat than younger plants. It could be just sulking! I would also think that due to the size of your specimen - rain alone would not be suffice in the water department.
I was also under the impression that Mahonia prefer a bit of shade - all the best ones I have seen get some shade. I do of course stand to be corrected.
I hope someone else can add to this and set our minds at rest.
Cheers, Angie

  • Posted: Mon. 14th May 2012 15:53

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Reply from Catherine Tanser

Thank you Angie. I will give it more water and maybe some liquid tonic and hope for the best.

Catherine

  • Posted: Thu. 17th May 2012 20:05

Re: Mahonia Charity

Reply from Katherine Simmonds

I also have this mahonia, and although it is in part shady, which I thought it preferred, it doesn't seem to be growing at all. It looks healthy enough, but just a bud of flowers, no real blossoms. Any ideas?

  • Posted: Sat. 1st February 2014 10:57

Re: Re: Mahonia Charity

Reply from Angie Robertson

Katharine
It has taken until now for my Mahonia to settle in and produce flowers. It's been magnificent this winter. So I suspect patience is all that is required. You are correct they prefer a part shade situation. I've read that if planted with too much sun the get rather tall and leggy.
I am however having trouble smelling the promised scent.

  • Posted: Sun. 2nd February 2014 15:16