The Q&A Archives: Growing Abelia

Question: I had a professional landscaper put in my flower beds a year ago at my new home near Dallas, TX. All the shrubs are thriving except some of the Abelia. The ones that are not thriving are planted two-three feet from ones that are growing and blooming. The ones that are not doing so well are not growing, one has lost all it's leaves over the summer, while at the same time putting on a few new buds. I have an automatic irrigation system. I wonder if the sprinklers are watering uneavenly, and if so, are the sick ones getting too much or not enough water. Thanks for any suggestions. I had this same problem before with Abelia when I lived near Houston.

Answer: Beth,

Very strange. I have to wonder if the soil in the are of the shrubs that are not growing is for some reason too dry or wet. Perhaps the irrigation system's distribution is not even. Set out some tuna cans or rain gauges all around the area and run it for a while to see what is caught in the cans. Then you can evaluate if this is the problem. The only other thing that comes to mind is that maybe there is a root problem such as nematodes or root rots. Your County Extension Office can be of assistance in directing you how to have a sample diagnosed for root rots at the state pathology lab.

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