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fall-planted shrub.. is it dead?

Posted by motria z5 Chicago (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 14, 06 at 18:30

The clethra I planted in fall '05 shows no sign of life. The ninebark and purple sand cherry are leafing out, not to mention the late-emerging perennials (balloon flower, baptisia, etc.) are sending up shoots. The clethra has no leaf buds, but I should note that the twigs are not brittle and they are green on the inside. What do you think?


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RE: fall-planted shrub.. is it dead?

Clethra can be really slow to leaf out in the spring. I think mine were not fully leafed until about the middle of May last year (Minneapolis). If the stems are flexible and still green I wouldn't give up on it yet.


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RE: fall-planted shrub.. is it dead?

Thank you ginkgonut. I watered it a bit and resisted the temptation to dig around the roots for a peek. Fingers crossed.


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Second year for mine and I am just starting to see some life. First year I thought mine was dead also. I cut a low growing branch to see if it was green and sure enought it was alive but it is very slow to wake up. Be patient!


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Mine *just* started to leaf out also. First year I had it so I thought it was dead too. I broke a tiny twig, saw green and apologized to it. LOL


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  • Posted by motria z5 Chicago (My Page) on
    Fri, Apr 21, 06 at 20:53

Okay, it's officially a false alarm! Today I found the tiniest of leaf buds. It's really amazing how tall some plants are getting while the clethra sleeps. Thank you for the reassurances, everyone.


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YAY! Admit it, you almost did a happy-dance. LOL ;)


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RE: fall-planted shrub.. is it dead?

  • Posted by motria z5 Chicago (My Page) on
    Sat, Apr 22, 06 at 23:25

Oh, yes, there was some dancing here. :-p


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