Ceanothus thyrsiflorus - Knowledgebase Question

los angeles, ca
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Question by suemilesunde
September 3, 2005
I bought the above plant from Armstrong in the spring. It was doing fine until about three weeks ago. A bit at the top started turning brown and now it is all brown. Today is September 3rd. I have it planted in a bed on the west side (which is the front) of my house. It gets waterings three days a week. I have done a cottage type garden. Can you tell me if it is dead or will it come back. Thanks!

Answer from NGA
September 3, 2005
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus, the native California lilac, thrives in sunshine and dry soils so I suspect yours has gotten too much water. It's important to water regularly right after planting to help the roots become established, but after 4-6 weeks, watering should be deep but infrequent. Watering three times a week is excessive for Ceanothus, even if your soil has perfect drainage. It's possible your plant will come back - you can prune off the dead parts and hold off on watering. If the roots are still healthy, they will produce new stems. Let's hope so!

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