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Natalierose127
Oct 6, 2021 12:43 PM CST
Hello my fellow gardeners. I have a New Zealand Tea Tree, Ruby glow (leptospermum scoparium) and over the summer (southern California) I got complacent with the watering and though they are drought tolerant this summer was extra hot and my once lovely lady seems to have crisped up. About two weeks ago I cut off a good amount of her dead limbs in the hope that it would help but she has continued dying. Do I cut off more of the dead brush? All of it? What parts/where do i cut- like do I cut off whole thick branches or just the dead offshoots from the branches? Is she a lost cause? Any help is incredibly appreciated, she's one of my absolute favorite plants in my garden and I hate that I let it get to this point Crying Thumbs down
Please and thank you so much! Lovey dubby Grin
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sedumzz
Oct 6, 2021 12:47 PM CST
Natalierose127 said:Hello my fellow gardeners. I have a New Zealand Tea Tree, Ruby glow (leptospermum scoparium) and over the summer (southern California) I got complacent with the watering and though they are drought tolerant this summer was extra hot and my once lovely lady seems to have crisped up. About two weeks ago I cut off a good amount of her dead limbs in the hope that it would help but she has continued dying. Do I cut off more of the dead brush? All of it? What parts/where do i cut- like do I cut off whole thick branches or just the dead offshoots from the branches? Is she a lost cause? Any help is incredibly appreciated, she's one of my absolute favorite plants in my garden and I hate that I let it get to this point Crying Thumbs down
Please and thank you so much! Lovey dubby Grin
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Maybe cut off the dead parts, see if trunk is still alive.

Trunk is alive -> Maybe if you take good care it will grow back
Trunk is dead -> The plant is probably all dead.
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Natalierose127
Oct 6, 2021 12:48 PM CST
@sedumzz thank you so much for your help! Is the trunk the biggest part down at the base? Do I cut it all the way down to the base and not leave any branches?
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plantmanager
Oct 6, 2021 1:25 PM CST
Start cutting at the top and keep on going until you reach green wood. Brown wood is dead and won't re-grow. I'm sorry. I hope there is a bit of it alive, so it can survive.
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breith95
Oct 6, 2021 2:01 PM CST
I agree lets hope you get some green wood! good luck, Natalierose.
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Natalierose127
Oct 6, 2021 4:23 PM CST
@plantmanager and @breith95 thank you both so so much!!!!! Smiling Smiling Smiling Crossing Fingers! Crossing Fingers! Crossing Fingers! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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plantmanager
Oct 25, 2021 1:57 PM CST
Please give us an update on your plant!
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Mishapr
Oct 30, 2021 8:36 PM CST
Yeah! We would like to see the update.
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Oct 30, 2021 10:59 PM CST
Having dealt with this myself (several times, sadly Sighing! ), if the leaves are crispy the plant is toast.
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