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Question: Hi i recently purchased your lilac hibiscus patio tree and i was told to use the hyponed potting soil. I put the tree into a large terra cotta container and filled it with the potting soil The tree is in the front courtyard which receives sun from around 10 am until approximately 4 pm or so. The tree has withered since sunday and now is full of crisp yellow leaves!!Help me please, i paid forty five for the tree and dont want it to die , what am i doing wrong? It seems the soil is drying out too soon also, i continue to water it but it is bone dry again that evening.

Michele Peavy

Answer: Michele,

If it browned out that fast something went on in the roots. If you can keep the soil moist it should recover from the initial transplant shock and dry soil conditions. You might try moving the container to a spot with some afternoon shade until it has time to recover. Hopefully just the foliage fried and the plant is still alive. A new plant needs constantly moist but not soggy soil for several weeks or more to be able to get some roots established so it is a little more resilient. In a container, especially a terra cotta one, the soil mix dries out really fast requiring watering once or twice a day in the hot weather season.

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