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May 2, 2020 9:48 AM CST
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Dallas Tx
Hi everyone,

I planted 3 Sunshine Legustrums last summer. This year two of them have started to fill out and form this nice, naturally rounded shape. The 3rd one on the left isn't doing much all. It's not dying, looks healthy, just not really growing much, it seems.

Any idea what's causing it? Also, is there anything I can do to encourage the small one to fill out like the other two?

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May 3, 2020 3:47 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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Don't over water them with too much kindness. I aerate the top 2 inches around newly planted shrubs to give them extra oxygen in the root zone. If you keep the soil too wet all the time the roots will suffer. Mimic mother nature by letting the soil have wet to dry cycles for better plant growth. To make the one on the end match the others, simply take the top off the top of the plant at the node, but only take the top tip.That will encourage the side branches to grow and make it fatter. .
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May 3, 2020 8:30 AM CST
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Dallas Tx
Thanks for reply! Over-watering definitely isn't the issue. I kept them watered when first planted them because it was mid-summer and very hot. But after that I watered once a week through summer and that's it. Rain has taken care of it since then.

How do I recognize the node?
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