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May 8, 2020 1:10 PM CST
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Name: Kaya
Los Angeles
Hello, i bought this california lilac with the intent on keeping it on the roof and it quickly started losing all of it's flowers and leaves. I thought because it's native and drought tolerant it would do just fine up there, but the other day we brought it back inside because it looks like it's dieing. Does it need to be planted into dirt? (also if this is an indication of anything the flowers were blue before they all fell off)
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May 8, 2020 4:47 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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There is a difference between drought tolerant and cooking in the heat. Your roof top is just too hot! You may have to insulate the pot to keep the roots cool. In a pot, you will have to watch the soil moisture. CA Lilac don't like to be wet but, bone dry in the heat won't work either. You will have to provide some afternoon shade.

Hopefully, you chose a dwarf variety.

The flowers are blue.
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May 8, 2020 4:54 PM CST
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Name: Kaya
Los Angeles
thanks for the advice! i was hoping it would be an easy answer. maybe we'll move it to the balcony so it's not getting blasted with sun. woops!
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