The Q&A Archives: Leucothoe

Question: I boutht Leucothoe bush made by your company. The leaves were redish and leathery. Now they're dry and dont look shiny BUT still did not fall out. It is in the shade now. What can I do to revive the plant.

Answer: Unfortunately, based on your description I am not certain what has happened to your plant. Dry and dull coloring does not sound healthy. It could be caused by over or under watering (the soil should be evenly moist but well drained, meaning not saturated or sopping wet), transplant shock or poor rooting, or by too much direct sun (this is a plant for dappled light all day or some gentle morning sun, never direct strong afternoon sun), or possibly by a disease or insect problem. This kind of symptom is very difficult to diagnose long distance. I would strongly suggest you consult with your retailer if it is a new plant, and/or with your county extension. They should be able to give you a definite diagnosis as to what is happening to your plant and then, based on knowing that, suggest what to do for it. In the meantime, keep it mulched and water (if needed) to keep the soil moist. I'm sorry I can't be more specific for you. I hope it will be okay.

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