The Q&A Archives: nandina domestica; transplant shock

Question: I planted 3 Nandina Domestica Heavenly Bamboo, 15 gal size (I purchased from Cherry Valley Nursery) We have properly watered and fertilized, but with the winds we've had, we lost all the leaves of one of the plants.
I made sure to loosen the root ball before planting.

I'm confused as to what happened and will the leaves come back?
Is there something else I should be doing? I'm in Desert Hot Sprngs.


Answer: Winds can certainly tatter and tear leaves and the leaves on nandina are no exception when planted in windy areas. The leaves probably won't come back but healthy roots will produce new sprouts at ground level. Watch for signs of life; when new growth appears, prune away all the canes with tattered leaves. Best wishes with your nandinas!

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