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monroe, Ne
Question by richiecarol
June 25, 2010
I just purchased a mountain laurel and a pink dogwood from home depot. Only a white tag on the mountain laurel; no instructions. The pink dogwood has no leaves on it unlike the white dogwood. Is the pink dogwood dead?? thanks again, everyone has been a great help.

Answer from NGA
June 25, 2010


Thanks for the compliment. We appreciate the fact that you appreciate our advice. Kalmia, or Mountain Laurel, likes the same growing conditions as many rhododendrons; moist, humus-rich, acidic soil in partial shade (although you can grow Kalmia in the sun as long as you keep the soil moist enough). Like rhododendrons, Kalmia should not be grown in deep shade, as it won't flower well. Kalmia latifolia blooms from March through July, depending on cultivar.

Dogwoods typically flower in the spring and leaf out in late spring or early summer. Yours may simply have been sitting in a cool, shady place in the garden center and has not gotten the message that it's time to come out of dormancy. It may be stressed because it's in a container and is reluctant to begin growing. If the branches or stems are dead they will look shriveled instead of plump. Check the branch tips to make sure they are not shriveled up and gently scrape the bark on one of the branches. There should be green tissue just beneath the bark. If the tissue is brown instead of green, that part of the branch is dead. If you see green tissue, go ahead and plant your dogwood. It will wake up as it attempts to establish itself in your landscape and you should see new growth.

Hope this answers all your questions. Enjoy your garden!

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