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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Japanese Privet Does Not Like Dry Feet

Readers plant appears to be Japanese privet which
does not like dry soils
Q. I have four bushes like the one shown. They were planted about six years ago and have never done very well. Each year around this time they look as shown. Can you advise and suggest anything?

A. From the looks it appears to be Japanese privet which must have soil around its roots that does not go dry. It will not do well in rock landscapes. They do well in a turfgrass landscape. This might be a case of the wrong plant in that location. You would have to increase the frequency of the watering and improve the soil in that location.

This is what Japanese privet will do in a rock landscape
with drip irrigation - drop its leaves on some branches
along with branch dieback
            The amount might also have to be increased but since I dont know the amount I would suggest increasing the frequency to about three times a week. The amount depends on the size of the plant but a three foot tall plant might require five gallons or so each watering. A ten foot plant might require perhaps 20-30 gallons at each watering.

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