Yellow, wilting hedge - what have I done wrong?

Clar1April 28, 2013

Hello,

I planted seven Elaeagnus ebbingei hedge plants last October/November time in big holes with hedge plant fertiliser / compost mix. From January onwards, they have been wilting and turning yellow. The soil in our area is heavy and clay-like. When we dug one of the plants up again, there was standing water in the hole about 20cm - 30cm down. Is it the excess waterlogging that is killing our plants? Thanks for any advice!

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Yes, waterlogging can kill plants...but it's your job to find out why that location is so soggy.

There's nothing wrong with clay soil, as long as it drains. If this location stays wet, you need to solve it before planting.

Also using a bunch of compost or other material in the planting hole is a no-no. Plant directly into your clay soil and don't fertilize!

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 8:42PM
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