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Name: Nitfarb
Charlotte NC (Zone 7a)
Nitfarb
Apr 27, 2015 6:25 AM CST
My foundation planted loropetalum were doing well until after the cold winter in Charlotte NC. I have fed with acid loving shrub spikes and sprayed with ironite. They are changing somewhat from yellow to green with new growth burgundy. But, they are very thin. Any suggestions?
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 27, 2015 7:52 AM CST
That sounds like a good treatment to me, except I'm not a big fan of the spikes. They dissipate very slowly, and in a limited area.

It's actually better to maybe break up a couple of spikes with a hammer or something and sprinkle it over the root area of the shrub. This will allow the fert to dissipate faster during this time of rapid growth, and also to get to more of the root system.

Don't forget the roots of your shrub extend out beyond the reach of the branches, not just in by the base.

A pelleted, time-release fert is a better choice going forward. Something like Nutricote or Osmocote. Amending the soil regularly with compost will help with soil pH balance, too.
Elaine

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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Apr 27, 2015 9:00 AM CST
I agree and here is a bit of good general info on Loropetalums.

http://www.absolutewonder.com/loropetalum.html

Also, NC co-operative extension service has a pruning timetable for shrubs that may be of use to you in general.

http://polk.ces.ncsu.edu/pruningcalendar/
Name: Nitfarb
Charlotte NC (Zone 7a)
Nitfarb
Apr 27, 2015 10:45 AM CST
Thank you so much for you're responses. I'm really a beginning Gardener and so glad to have found this website where everyone is so helpful.
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Apr 27, 2015 6:43 PM CST
You are very welcome. Smiling

You have absolutely found a wealth of information around here...helpful folks that enjoy sharing their garden know-how.
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 27, 2015 7:09 PM CST
It's our pleasure.
Elaine

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