The Q&A Archives: Bluebeard (Caryopteris)

Question: I have a two year old bluebeard. It did well last year and grew maybe a foot. This year it started out fine, but now it is wilting. I put it into a tomato cage late last year and used a slow release fertilizer in the bed this Spring. Everything around it is doing okay. We've had a lot of rain and I have watered the seeds planted around it. I don't see any bugs.

Answer: Caryopteris is a deciduous shrub, generally grown as a shrubby perennial. (It thrives if cut back to the ground in early spring and then cut back again after each wave of bloom.) The plants thrive in full sun and very little water. I suspect your Bluebeard is getting far more water than it can handle and is showing it's distress by wilting. If you can't change the amount of water you're applying to the bed, you may want to transplant your Bluebeard to a drier location.

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