Leggy Eriobotrya japonica - Knowledgebase Question

Cypress, TX
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Question by kmaloney1
January 20, 2006
My backyard was landscaped in October 2004. The landscaper planted coppertone loquat along our back fence. The plants are about 3 to 4 feet in height but very leggy and sparse (leafing only at the ground level and the very top of the bush - sparse branching in the center of the plant). How can I revive these so that they will grow into the dense hedge that was promised in the design?

Answer from NGA
January 20, 2006

They will fill in with time and care. Keep the soil moist but not soggy wet. Apply a cup of a fertilizer similar in blend to 15-5-10 per 50 square feet of soil surface in March, April, May, June and July. Each time water it in well. If you want bushier growth a light shearing of the plants once or twice from spring to mid summer is fine.

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