My Dwarf Japanese Barberry Is Drying Up! - Knowledgebase Question

Bronx, Ny, NY
Question by cfernand
August 4, 2002
About a month and half ago I purchased a beautiful crimson pigmy dwarf japanese barberry at our local nursery we planted it according to directions conditioning the soil as instructed it was doing fine until about two weeks ago when the leaves started drying out! I water it once an evening and feed Miracle grow plant food what have I done wrong and should I dig it up and replace with another? I love these shrubs am so dissapointed that it seems to be dying. Any suggestions would be appriciated. By the way, since we moved in to a brand new house, we turned the the dirt, removed many large rocks then added new soil and before planting the shrubs we bought we treated with shrub food, manure, etc.


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Answer from NGA
August 4, 2002

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as 10-10-10 in the early spring per the label instructions should be adequate unless you have truly poor soil. It is always better to underfeed than to overfertilize, so if in doubt, err on the light side.

This is a very sturdy plant and should overcome transplant shock with careful watering and some time while it becomes adjusted, but if you feel you have been watering it correctly and have not overfertilized it, then you might also want to consult with the nursery where you purchased the plant to see if they have any suggestions. Good luck with your barberry.

as 10-10-10 in the early spring per the label instructions should be adequate unless you have truly poor soil. It is always better to underfeed than to overfertilize, so if in doubt, err on the light side.

This is a very sturdy plant and should overcome transplant shock with careful watering and some time while it becomes adjusted, but if you feel you have been watering it correctly and have not overfertilized it, then you might also want to consult with the nursery where you purchased the plant to see if they have any suggestions. Good luck with your barberry.

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