Indian Hawthorne - Knowledgebase Question

Rosedale, Lo
Question by hughesmarcia
June 18, 2009
I recently transplanted my hawthornes as they were not filling out as well as I had hoped, so I made a flower bed raising them up and mixing them with Yon Pons, now there leaves are turning solid brown and some with yellow spots, I water every other day as in Louisiana it gets very hot and we have not had rain in 2 months. HELP


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Answer from NGA
June 18, 2009

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Moving your hawthorne in the summer heat may not have been the best timing, but I think it will recover. Moving in the early spring or in the fall when the weather is cooler is what we recommend so keep that in the back of your mind if you decide to move other trees and shrubs. It takes a while for root to re-establish when a plant is moved and during this time it usually drops foliage in favor of maintaining root health. The browning and yellowing leaves indicate the roots are stressed. But, once the roots establish themselves the hawthorne should perk right up. A raised bed is a good idea - it will drain quickly yet hold just the right amount of moisture for the roots of your plants. Watering every other day might be excessive, unless the soil drains really, really fast. Plant roots need oxygen as well as moisture. If the soil remains too wet it can actually suffocate the roots. So, water deeply so the entire rootmass gets moist and then wait 3-4 days. Dig down near the plant to see how moist the soil is. If it is dry an inch beneath the surface, it is time to water. If it is still moist, you can hold off on watering for another few days. Once you get a feel for how long your soil retains moisture you will have a better idea of how often to water to keep your plants healthy and happy. I hope your hawthorne recovers soon!

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