Ask a Question forum: My privet plants; strong roots no leafs, HELP!

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Name: Alexis Persall
Mojave, CA (Zone 7b)
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Aapersall
Jul 2, 2017 11:08 AM CST
Hi, I have a burning question that I hope someone can help me with. I bought dozens of bare root privet as a hedge around my property. I know it does well out here as we already have several above 7 ft around the property. However this spring\summer half leafed out and half did not. The privet that did not leaf out, the root system is still extremely strong and this makes me hate the thought of pulling the non producing plants up but I have seen no sign of life for several months. I know its easy to say pull them up and buy more but i have invested considerable time effort and water in to these plants and still have several more yards of fence line to buy privet for. I would love to know what might cause roots to stay strong even seem to be growing but the plants look like little more than dry sticks above ground. Maybe even someone knows how to encourage them to leaf out! Perhaps cut them?
Thank you,
Alexis Persall
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jul 2, 2017 3:16 PM CST
Welcome!

Do a "scratch test" on the bald privets: scratch the bark on some of the branches with your fingernail. If the layer just beneath the bark is green, the privets are alive. If the layer just beneath the surface is brown or hard, the privet is dead.

If the tops are dead and you are sure the roots are healthy, give them some time as privets will sucker off the roots. If the top is alive, they will leaf out eventually. Maybe its just too hot for them right now.

Let us know what you find.
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Name: Alexis Persall
Mojave, CA (Zone 7b)
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Aapersall
Jul 2, 2017 7:26 PM CST
Thank You! Thanks i went out and did a scratch test, one was green and the rest were not but the roots still seem so strong. the privet has been in the ground for months i planted them in early spring the weather was cool than. But it has heated up but if the heat was an issue than i would assume it would affect all the privet i planted but it is only affecting a few in that they have no leafs no sign of life but the roots seem strong.
I think maybe it's time to just bit the bullet and replace. Sad.....
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jul 2, 2017 8:15 PM CST
You have a carrot that looks like Richard Nixon!
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Name: Alexis Persall
Mojave, CA (Zone 7b)
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Aapersall
Jul 3, 2017 8:23 AM CST
You are hilarious! It will be called The Nixon carrot!

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