The 10 Facebook questions of the week

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Every week our social media team reaches a few hundred questions about our favorite hobby: the garden. Most of them are quite easy to answer for the editorial team of MEIN, but some also require some research effort to be able to provide the right answer. At the beginning of each new week we put together for you our ten Facebook questions of the past week. The themes are mixed - from the summer lilac to roses to the right cut of the Harlequin pasture.

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1. I shared and shortened my summer lilac last year. He had some flowers, but is not very tall and wide. Do I have to cut it anyway this year?

Summer lilac forms the flowers only on the new wood - so you can cut it again this year. If you cut down on all the flowering shoots from the previous year, the plant is strong again and long new shoots with particularly large flower candles.

2. Is a summer lilac in the pot cut in the same way as a planted specimen?

Whether in the pot or planted out in the garden: The cutting action is the same. However, if the summer lilac requires a more homogeneous crown structure than large blooms, then you should vary the cutting heights, ie cut back more shoots and cut other, favorably placed branches by only a third.

3. How do you cut a mulberry tree?

A mulberry tree grows on average up to 40 centimeters a year. A care cut is therefore necessary. The best time for this is spring. What you should do first: Branches that grow across or into the treetop should be completely cut off at the origin. Then the care cut begins. It is important to know that mulberry trees generally grow shrubby, ie more broader. If the plant is also to be kept in shape as a tree, it must be cut annually in spring. To do this, select a strong upward shoot and some other branches near this shoot. These are preserved and should later form the crown of the tree. All other branches must be cut off. If the tree is too close to the house or the terrace, it should be kept as small as possible, so that the tree does not cause damage to the house or other buildings.


Black mulberries are very juicy and taste pleasantly spicy to slightly sour

4. Can an approximately six year old elderberry shrub still be raised as a high strain?

An upbringing for the Hochstamm is recommended for the Elderberry only for young plants. After six years, the shrub is already mature and very expansive.

5. What is the optimal location for trumpet trees and how fast are they growing? Does this tree also make flowers?

The ball form 'Nana' does not bloom, but the normal trumpet tree blooms and grows quite fast - but that depends on how quickly it establishes itself at the location. In old age it can grow up to ten meters high and also wide. The location should be sunny to partially shaded and a bit sheltered from the wind. At the bottom, the wood does not have any special requirements.

Trumpet Tree (Catalpa bignonioides)

The trumpet tree (Catalpa bignonioides) grows very fast in youth - annual shoots with 40 to 50 centimeters in length are common on good soil

6. Is the trumpet tree toxic to cats?

The trumpet tree is not listed on the official list of toxic plants of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. However, some people like to confuse the trumpet tree with the container plant called the Angel Trumpet (Datura), so it's probably rumored that it's poisonous.

7. May roses be whitewashed? And does it make sense to lime even perennial beds?

In principle, the limescale of roses promotes flowering. In any case, you should first take a soil sample and investigate whether the soil would not be over-supplied. In the case of perennials and grasses, lime should not be lumped since the demands on the lime content in the soil vary greatly in the individual species and varieties.

8. I have two beautiful chestnut trees under which nothing just wants to grow - not even lawns. What can you do?

The dense canopy of chestnuts leaves hardly any light - no wonder that no lawn grows here. A good alternative is shade-loving, drought tolerant shrubs that can cope with such difficult conditions effortlessly. With some tricks trees can be successfully planted.

9. Which trees grow very fast?

Vinegar tree Rhus typhina

The vinegar tree (Rhus typhina) grows fast, but still remains compact and is without doubt one of the most beautiful autumn dyers.The variety 'Tiger Eyes' (photo) remains a little smaller than the wild species and forms less foothills

In deciduous trees, the selection of fast-growing, yet garden-suitable species is quite small, because while willows, poplars and plane trees grow quickly, but with their final size usually burst the dimensions of a normal home garden. An alternative is fast-growing flowering shrubs.

10. Does a Harlequin Willow have to be cut into shape in late winter?

The Harlequin Willow will be cut in March. In order to keep the round high stems in shape, you should cut back the crown regularly. In March - before the leaves sprout - the best time to cut all branches down to two or three buds. If you want a compact crown, you can prune the shoots again in May and July.

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