suggestions as to how I can keep Pernettya mucronata under
control? It is a lovely shrub, evergreen with blossoms and red berries
(which the birds just love), so it is a real asset to any garden.
But - it suckers and runs around madly all over the place. Help!
(now called Gaultherias) are hermaphrodites and the rapid growth
of suckers compensates for their self-fertility. Pull the suckers,
don't cut them. Try not to disturb the soil as this can cause more
suckering. This variety of Pernettya is known well for its
suckering habit, so you may be waging a losing battle I'm afraid.
Gardener, Issue 91, 2002, Page 20
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.