Spirea van houtte

dspeer75July 13, 2008

I planted 22 as a hedge over Memorial Day. They were root bound and I loosened them up some but not drastically. I've been keeping them watered at least twice a week, and we have had pretty good rain the past week. My problem is they look terrible. The interior leaves yellowed the first weeks in the ground. Now they have begun to brown. There is new growth, but not enough to keep me happy nor to supplant the leaves lost.

Apex Nursery, where they were purchased, said they were very hardy and hard to kill and to keep them watered. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Well, because they were planted so late in the season, I think all that you could hope for this summer is that they hold their own. New growth is a good sign. Some dieback is not unusual. June was a very, very dry month around here. We very nearly lost some Lonicera 'Lemon Beauty' that were planted in April.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2008 at 9:37AM
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I would just trim them back to allow the new growth to show and let light in.

I planted a Japanese acuba last fall, and it was doing fine until early summer. Now it looks completely dead. I've had them before and they were easy, so you never know I guess.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2008 at 1:44PM
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