The Q&A Archives: What causes Tiny Tower Italian Cypress to become brittle?

Question: My recently planted tiny tower Italian cypress trees have become somewhat gray looking and brittle. I am regularly watering them, but am unsure whether I should water more or less. I can only assume the brittle nature of the trees is from dehydration, but I'm not a professional gardner. They've been in the ground for about two weeks and I have only recently put mulch around them. Should I be patient and wait for the trees to adjust or are they dying already? Help!

Answer: I can't imagine what's affecting your new cypresses. It's normal for plants to go through some stress after transplanting but you can ease that stress by watering deeply once each week to help the root systems become established. Make sure the planting site drains well (you don't want to drown the plants), and be sure to water deeply by building a basin around each and filling it with water, allowing it to drain and then filling it a second time. This method of watering will concentrate the moisture just above the root system and allow it to trickle down and wet the entire root mass. Hope your Tiny Towers perk up soon!

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