Thin out purple leaf plum - Knowledgebase Question

San Pedro, CA (Zone 10)
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Question by Herk6
May 17, 2007
Is it recommended to thin out or open up a purple leaf plum tree? When the wind blows I'm afraid it will blow it over.

Also- I have some new hydrangeas and once the leaves come out they then turn brown and curl on the edges. Is this too much water or not enough?

Answer from NGA
May 17, 2007
It won't hurt your purple leaf plum tree if you thin out the branches. Just remember to take less than one-third of the live growth during any one pruning session.

Brown leaf margins on your hydrangea can indicate over-fertilization or lack of water. If you haven't fertilized, then the problem is most likely not enough water. When you water (once or twice a week, depending upon weather), remember to water deeply, applying water slowly so it has a chance to trickle down and saturate the root mass. Your hydrangea should show improvement in its new leaves.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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