dwarf bpttlebrush & silver king euonymus japonica - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by cvolking
May 16, 2009
i bought a few plants in june,hibiscus,dwarf bottlebrush and euonymus japonica silver king,3 silver kings are doing good one is turned brown,dried leafs and dying,bottle brush bought 5,3 are dying dried leaf fell off,all plants in front yard are living w irrigation water almost everyday,ones in back,planted the same but dying and water with hose,used miracle garden soil in all,I need help,teach me

Answer from NGA
May 16, 2009
All of the plants you list will grow in the desert without problem. They should be watered 2-3 times a week now that it's hot. New plants do take some time to adjust to growing in their new homes so I think you are seeing some transplant shock. About the only thing you can do to help them along is to be patient and keep watering on a regular basis. By this fall they should be well established and you can prune off the dead stems and leaves. October and November are better planting months than April or May so keep that in mind when you plant shrubs. The only other problem is that our soil is alkaline and most plants will appreciate a dose or two of iron sulphate in the spring and again in the fall. Hope this helps!

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