Ask a Question forum→Lilac leaf issues! Underwatering, root bound or something else?

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
sweets777
Jun 2, 2020 5:12 PM CST
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I bought this lilac about two weeks ago, it's been sitting in full sun (zone 7a) and I've watered every 2-3 days, pretty much waiting for the soil to totally dry out before watering.

What is the most likely cause of the leaves that are curling up, turning brown and dying? I'll soon be reporting and want to make sure I'm setting it up for success.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 2, 2020 7:02 PM CST
I suspect you are letting the soil get too dry before you water. Lilacs don't like to be wet but, they don't like to be completely dry either.

If its still in the nursery pot, it could be root bound so not getting as much water as it should. Make sure the roots in the center of the root ball are wet - with root bound plants, the water tends to go around the edges instead of into the root ball. If you suspect that is happening, soak the entire pot in a bucket of water.
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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
sweets777
Jun 3, 2020 7:48 AM CST
Thanks Daisy! Underwatering is probably the culprit, but also I really just need to get this planted.

I've read that Lilac is somewhat low maintenance so I figured I could let it dry between waterings but the condition of the plant tells me otherwise! especially as we've had a dry, sunny stretch.

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