The Q&A Archives: Pygmie Dogwood Drying Out

Question: I planted a pygmie dogwood on the north side of my house in south Oklahoma City about two months ago. It was really looking good, but now with all this scorching hot weather it is really looking poorly. It does get more sun than what I had anticipated. We just moved into this house in January, so I had no prior knowledge of sun/shade. I amended the soil before planting my tree and I have been keeping it well watered. Would erecting some kind of shade to block the sun help? I love my little tree and don't want to lose it.

Answer: Dogwoods do like partial shade, so maybe all it needs is a beach umbrella! I think it'll help if you spritz it with a seaweed or kelp fertilizer, too. Often when plants are stressed, they can't absorb enough nutrients through their roots, but leaves quickly take up nutrients and put them right to work. Gardens Alive (ph# 812/537-8650, e-mail offers great foliar fertilizers. However, don't rely soully on foliar feeding - next spring, dress the soil with compost and a slow-release organic fertilizer to ensure a good supply of soil nutrients. Best of luck!

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