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Lansing, MI
Jun 10, 2017 4:25 PM CST
HI. PLEASE HELP. I have 2 huge Ninebarks and they have been here many years - beautiful. I pulled out 2 very large "grasses" and decided it would be a great place to put two Ninebark plants. So, I purchased two of them and planted them two weeks ago. Every morning when I go outside to water all of my plants and trees, these two Ninebark plants look dead - wilted leaves. So, I water them and think "Ok, there you go plants, you got your drink for the day." But no! I go outside about 5:00 in the afternoon to "check" things and lo and behold they are looking dead yet again - wilted and looking horrible.

What in the heck should I do? At first, I thought I was overwatering so I held watering to once a day....big mistake. It took a couple of days for them to bounce back. They are planted in part sun/part shade.

Can you pretty please help me? I love these plants but I'm about to pull them both up and replace with something different. Just doesn't make any sense to me.

Thank you so much.

Sharon Bradke
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Jun 10, 2017 5:05 PM CST

I assume the were in pots at this time of year, did you water the pots well before planting? If they were planted with a dry rootball they may not get the benefit from watering after planting because it's hard to re-wet a dry rootball especially if the medium is peat-based. Did you disturb the roots at all when you planted them?
Lansing, MI
Jun 10, 2017 5:33 PM CST
Thanks for your quick response. Ok...They were in pots and the rootball was not dry when I took them out of the pot. Roots came out with the plant, and easily. I then planted the plants. No real problems. I got them at a very reputable nursery so I guess I could dig them up and take them back? :(

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