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Old 03-28-2017, 11:34 AM   #1
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I'm in NJ and mom requested - make the euonymus planter bigger.
House is mid 1950 and for all I know the concrete block planter is original. It has about a foot of space for the dirt in the middle and about 20" high. It is choked with roots and branches. In fact, it has sent down branches here and there and rooted, and they are average 2-3" diameter. I think it is living on these new roots.
My mom thinks she can help it by enlarging the planter and heaping more dirt on it. From what I read about the trees, more dirt on top of branches and roots will kill it, but does it work the same for euonymus?
I think it is deciduous? It loses leaves in winter. It grows upright, vulnerable to scales and deers love it.

About the deers: will light mesh screen (will be high) keep them off?
Also any simple lesson on electrifying screens such as chicken wire?
Thanks in advance.

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According to my guide, euonymus has about 130 different varieties. They can either be deciduous (dropping leaves in Fall) or evergreen (not). I would suggest you take a leaf or branch to a good nursery and get their advice on what you want to do. I wasn't aware that deer like it - but knew rabbits do - a chicken wire or something similar might help although look crummy. I wouldn't be electrifying anything. There is a huge liability going that route.
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I took the gardening center route before, and thought what I got were the general advices. Was hoping euonymous (deciduous, pretty sure, but what kind?) would be one of those plants that would send out roots if branches become covered with dirt, instead of dying. Was hoping some gardener already tried.
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I took the gardening center route before, and thought what I got were the general advices. Was hoping euonymous (deciduous, pretty sure, but what kind?) would be one of those plants that would send out roots if branches become covered with dirt, instead of dying. Was hoping some gardener already tried.
Actually, I believe I have observed this on our plants in the past, but it might be a matter of degree; i.e. touching the soil vs. buried in it and it might not be across all varieties. I frankly have no idea what varieties we have - one has a lot of yellow and its seems both are everygreen. There are very specific gardening websites seemingly for every plant on the planet. Perhaps try and find one of those and maybe post a photo of a leaf - I'll bet there is a euonymus expert lurking on one of these sites that knows exactly what you ask.
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