Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Five Tips for Growing Conifers for Winter Colour

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Five Tips for Growing Conifers for Winter Colour

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Conifers may have a reputation for being boring, but they add valuable colour and structure in winter, writes HANNAH STEPHENSON

¦ BEWARE OF PRUNING POTTED TREES THE right location is crucial so potted trees can develop unhindered. A size-limiting cut should not be performed on conifers, as this is often a considerable interference with its beautiful habit.

¦ SIZE MATTERS CHECK the final size of the conifer you are going to plant and take that into account when choosing where to plant it.

Don't put a fast-growing, massive specimen where it's going to block light to the house or obstruct the path.

¦ GIVE THEM SPACE DON'T place dwarf conifers too close to other plants. If they are low-growing, they can quickly disappear between other shrubs and then become completely bare or lose their colour on one side. …

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