Cupressocyparis leylandii Leyland's Cypress - Knowledgebase Question

Rego Park, Ne
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Question by kenbytan
August 19, 2010
About 3 weeks ago, I bought a Cypress. I take care of it carefully, watering, plant food and sunshine, everything I follow the book. I changed a biger pot for it, as its original one is too small. I had not touched the root ball, the rest of room I filled with garden soil (for trees and shrubs). These days, the most part of it has been tuning to yellow and crispy. I think it's fade away.

Answer from NGA
August 19, 2010
Leyland cypress is susceptible to root rot if the soil remains too moist. When you repotted it, did you use a pot with drainage holes in the bottom so the excess water can freely drain away? It's important that the soil be allowed to dry out slightly between waterings. Try adjusting your watering schedule, applying water only when the top inch of soil has dried out. When you do water, make sure you apply enough so water drains out of the pot. This way you'll moisten all the soil in the pot. Plants in containers can be sensitive to fertilizer burn so be careful with feeding. Use a water soluable fertilizer such as Miracle Gro, and dilute it to half strength. This way the roots won't be burned from the excess salts in the fertilizer. I hope these adjustments will help your Leyland cypress recover.

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