Transplanting Lithodora - Knowledgebase Question

Olympia, WA
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July 7, 1999
I moved a beautiful, blooming Lithodora from one spot to another ( same sun, direction and soil conditions )The blooms are gone and the foliage has turned grey, like at the end of the season.

Help! What did I do wrong and will it re-bloom this year? Do I need to cut it all back?

Answer from NGA
July 7, 1999
Lithodora really resent being moved, and the insult was compounded when you moved it while it was in bloom. Your plant is punishing you! It may recover on its own if you just treat it as you did before it was moved. Even if the top dies back, the roots may survive and produce new shoots next spring. If you must move an established lithodora, it's best to do so during the winter months while the plant is dormant. (Sort of like sneaking up on it when it's not paying attention.)

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