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Common Privet on it's last leaf

Posted by Jynxia London (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 4, 13 at 20:49

My privet was bought for me last summer as a gift and I kept it as an indoor plant ( it was the vendors suggestion) throughout the harsh winter and most of the spring. When this years spring started warming up, I realised the leaves started failing until the tree was bare.

After reading more about bonsai, I realised the tree should be kept outdoors in the shade and requires the winter weather as a rest period.

My tree is now bare, but the trunk is still green under the bark. It's sitting north-west on my window sill where it's exposed to a few hours of full sunlight, but most of the day in the shade.

*My question: Is this tree dead? If not, how long should I wait to see signs of improvement?

Any help appreciated, thank you.
J


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RE: Common Privet on it's last leaf

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Wed, Jun 5, 13 at 16:25

Temperate trees deprived of a cold rest might enter dormancy at any time, even in the middle of the summer. This is usually fatal, but occasionally the tree can be saved if it's refrigerated for a period long enough to release the tree from it's dormant state ....... if in fact this is what actually occurred, and the tree hasn't shed its leaves as a drought response to over-watering, under-watering, or a high level of soluble salts in the soil.

You should probably see what's going on in the root zone. Keeping the roots happy is essential to a healthy plant.

Al


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