The Q&A Archives: Manhattan Euonymus

Question: I planted Manhattan Euonymus for a privacy hedge about 4 years ago. We had 3 years of severe drought, and they just weren't watered enough. Most of the plants still appear healthy but they haven't gotten much height. We are hoping for a 6 to 8 feet hedge. Right now they are about 3 to 4 feet high. They are on the Eastern side of my house and get a lot of midday sun. They run between a my lawn and a neighbor's concrete driveway. Do you think they will survive the neglect of those first years and eventually grow to that height or should we start over.

Answer: The fact that your Euonymus have survived without any special care is an indication of their hardiness and desire to remain alive. You might be surprised just how well they will react to some TLC. Start by shearing a few inches off each plant (tops and all sides) to encourage new growth. Then build a basin beneath each plant for ease in watering. Fill the basin with water, allow it to drain, then fill it a second time. Do this on a weekly basis. Watering in this manner will concentrate the moisture over the root system and allow it to trickle down and wet the entire root mass. I'll bet you'll see new growth in just a matter of weeks! Good luck with your hedge!

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