The Q&A Archives: I purchased siena sunrise

Question: Hi, On march 7, I purchased 3 sienna sunrise, it was 70 degrees that day I planted them, the next morning I got up the one had tan leaves, instead of the green and red lush colors, did someone damage it, it was 60's that night and they were watered good, when I planted them, very odd to see this!

Answer: "Sienna Sunrise" and nandina in general can show tan for many reasons such as a response to sudden cold weather, to overfertilizing, accidental chemical contact, or to water stress. Based on your description, I am not certain what happened to yours. In my experience, an overnight change and on just one of the three plants would be more likely due to something like an abrupt temperature drop, or herbicide exposure, or overfertilization with a water soluble fertilizer or some other specific event. Since it is a brand new plant, I would suggest you contact your retailer for advice. They may appreciate photos of the plant, both overall and a closeup of the damage, as well as a foliage sample or two. I'm sorry you are having trouble wiht your plant.

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