To mound up or not to mound up, that is the question

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Tim Hewitt
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To mound up or not to mound up, that is the question

Post by Tim Hewitt » Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:32 pm

Hello, learned members of this forum. I have a question about a three year old Tetrapanax papyferer Rex. It is very happy in its bed, but I recently had some work done around it, raising the level of the brick wall around it by about a foot. I am going to fill that gap with compost and create lovely moisture retentive, fertile conditions. However, rather than dig up the T.Rex, and probably have lots of pups springing up all over the bed for years to come, just to raise the trunk by a foot, could I mulch up to near the top of the single woody stem? I would never consider doing this for other woody plants, but suspect that I could with T.Rex. I worry that I might rot and kill it, or that it might respond with very distorted growth. What do you think?

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Post by charliep » Fri Feb 28, 2020 5:52 pm

I don't think it would even notice, but you could start adding soil once its back in growth a bit at a time
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Post by Sven » Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:24 am

Tetrapanax have roots close to the surface and together with rotting the main trunk, you will slowly suffocate the plant. Dig it up or leave it a hallow around it.

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Post by Tim Hewitt » Sat Feb 29, 2020 2:46 pm

Love it! Ask two different gardeners the same question...I am tending towards digging it up soon. Given that it is coming into new growth soon. If it pups, it's free plants for someone else.

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Post by GREVILLEAJ » Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:24 pm

You are probably playing appropriately safe it you dig it up with as much root as possible, Tim. You should discover plenty of new pups and these can be kept as insurance if you lose the main trunk. March is probably the best time to do it. Whichever approach you take.....pics and posts, please :wink:

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Post by chainsaw kid » Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:20 am

A lot of trees don't like soil level movement but is a T Rex a tree. icon_scratch A friend of mine had an 8 acre lake which he dredged out, the dredged soil he spread on his field,, there were a number of trees in the one corner of the field which he also spread soil over about a foot deep. It was by a road and was seen by one of the government agency's who paid him a visit and made him remove the soil from round the trees as they told him it would kill the trees! I have raised the soil level in my garden by 9 inches around a palm about 2 years ago with no ill effect, however palms are a member of the grass family not trees. Hope that helps, but I'm sure it wont. :lol: icon_thumright
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