Burning Ligustrum - Knowledgebase Question

Melbourne, FL (Zone 9B)
Question by jon_menke
May 24, 2005
About a month ago I planted lucidum ligustrum around my yard to inclose my backyard and create a fense look eventually--the problem I'm seeing is that many of the leaves seem to be shrinking or just growing smaller, however, the branches seem to be firming up. I do not have a sprikler system, so I water them a little when I have time. Is there a way to make sure they are receiving enough water? Are the leaves growing smaller due to the afternoon heat and not enough water? Or could it be too much water?


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Answer from NGA
May 24, 2005

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Jon,

It could be either too much or not enough water. Excess water in the soil drives out oxygen and the root die. Dig down a few inches below the surface and feel the soil to see if it is staying too dry or perhaps too wet. When possible water with a good soaking but not very often, so the soil can dry out a bit between waterings. If the damage was not too severe the plants should recover and resume normal growth in time.

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