All Things Gardening forum: help, plant dying

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Jul 11, 2017 7:23 PM CST
I have a Hebe Mckean that's dying now.

it was always watered, but its drying up and extrtemely fragile to the touch. it started off with the tip curling up,and now its dying. The leaves and branches just breaks off when i touch it. what's happening to it? what can i do to save it?
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jul 12, 2017 5:38 PM CST
Crackling dry ? Sounds like its to far gone. You could try more water and indirect sun. Shrug!
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Jul 12, 2017 7:57 PM CST
shiunlo said:it was always watered, but its drying up and extrtemely fragile to the touch

Do you let the potting mix dry out a bit between waterings? Some plants develop root rot if the growing medium is always wet.

Have you also checked if your Hebe is pot bound?
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Jul 14, 2017 12:05 AM CST
Sometimes removing a plant from the pot exposes insects. I pulled a plant that was doing poorly once and found an ant colony in it.
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Jul 15, 2017 1:07 PM CST
I find hebes in general to be temperamental, I think they are marginally hardy in my zone 8 PNW garden. I've never tried them in a pot. Depending on your zone, maybe try direct planting it?
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