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Pieris japonica root death

Posted by annapolisplants 7 (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 12, 11 at 9:27

hi everyone,
i bought a pieris japonica 'flaming silver' from lazy ss farm. it arrived in excellent shape, with a good root system. i loosened up the root ball, potted it into a larger container, set it in a part sun spot that i thought was ideal. watered it weekly. during the summer it lost most of its top growth and when i went to plant it now, in the fall, i see that it didn't grow any new roots at all -- in fact the root ball was substantially smaller than when it arrived.
what did i do wrong? i seem to lose rhododendrons like this too. does anyone know what i should do NOW to encourage the plant to live?
thanks so much, fellow gardeners!


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RE: Pieris japonica root death

I don't think that a once-per-week watering would be nearly sufficient for a containerized plant in the summer.

Another factor could be the type of potting medium you are using.


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RE: Pieris japonica root death

I bet Rhizo got it. You don't say where you live, whether you checked soil moisture regularly, etc, but I know that if I only watered my container grown plants once a week during summer, they'd all be toast.

BTW, the reason you haven't gotten many responses, and didn't get a response earlier, is that your post is in the gallery section (typically reserved for pictures) and probably hasn't gotten many views.


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