waxleaf privet - Knowledgebase Question

Fresno, ca
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Question by socermom15
August 7, 2005
I purchased a topiary cone shape waxleaf privet about 3 weeks ago. I planted the privet the following day. It has been very hot here, over the 100's. My question is for the last week the privet looks like it is wilting, the leaves do not look healthy. The leaves are facing down instead of being perky. I water on a regular basis so its gets plenty of water. Can you please suggest anything that I can do for this plant. I do not want to lose it. I could show you a picture if you want. Thanks Annette

Answer from NGA
August 7, 2005
Sounds as though your new topiary is suffering from transplant shock coupled with the summer heat. There's not much you can do to help it along other than watering deeply once each week. It is likely to look droopy until the roots establish themselves. If you can provide some temporary shade from hot afternoon sunshine, that might reduce the stress.

Just for future reference, it's always best to plant or transplant trees and shrubs during the cooler months of spring and fall - even if you purchase them in the dog days of summer. Cooler temperatures reduce the stress of transplanting and allow the roots to become well established before hot weather arrives.

Best wishes with your new plant!

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