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Losing New Plants

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Norcal3080, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. Norcal3080

    Norcal3080 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    Any ideas on that would cause this? Planted 10 camelias about a month ago, only had one freeze (light) since. 6 of 10 look fine, 4 the leaves are shriveling up and looking as if they are wilting. Water was on every other day. Turned off for one full week. The attached pics are after water has been shut off for a week. Dug one up, soil a tad damp (after no water for one week), only condensate and moisture from cool nights. Should I return them or let them keep trying? Thanks in advance for the help.

    Camel 1.jpg

    Camel 2.jpg
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Pull a couple up and check the root ball for discoloration and be sure there is lots of moisture satuating through to the center of the rootzone...

    Looks like lack of water rather than too much water, but could also be disease...

    This is what you're looking for in the root zone... be sure to thoroughly soak for a couple of days when placing them back in their spots...
  3. gunsnroses

    gunsnroses LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 266

    A closer pic would be better, but I am gonna go out on a limb and say what you have looks like a hibiscus. It also looks to me like they were transplanted...I am with the axe and more water. Change the schedule, soak it every 4 days or so. The plant quality looks pretty bad, if you purchased these you may want to look for a new supplier.
  4. Norcal3080

    Norcal3080 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    Thanks for the responses. I think you are right on hibiscus. My mistake. Not transplants, looked
    good when first planted, then downhill. Will try more water....thought maybe had too much being that soil still moist after one week with irrigation turned off but maybe they require more...will research.
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  5. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    Air under the rootball could do that.

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