Ask a Question forum: podocarpus gracilior planted 3 weeks ago leaves turning brown

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Merced CA
Mar 1, 2018 7:13 PM CST
Hi all! Thanks for the help.

I planted 53 podocarpus gracilior 5 gallon plants roughly 5/6 feet tall about 3 weeks ago about 4 feet apart to create a 210 foot hedge. All them the leaves at the ends are turning brown. We did have a cold spell a few days after we planted them here in CA where temperatures dropped to high 20's at night for 3/4 days.

I planted them with a good organic compost and mixed in a little with each tree. They are on a drip irrigation and i have watered them a couple times a week. It was recommended to me last week to add some Fish Fertilizer and B1 which i mixed together and gave each one about half gallon.

All the water you see the picture is only because we just got a ton of rain today, not from over watering.

I'm very concerned because 53 of these are not cheap let alone the work it took to plant all of them. Hoping to save them! Hoping they are just in shock from being planted to having a few mornings of cold weather. I have attached a couple pictures. Thank you, all advice will be helpful
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Mar 2, 2018 6:49 AM CST
Sounds to me your drounding them.
Who told you to water twice a week, In winter.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Merced CA
Mar 2, 2018 10:05 AM CST
It was 75 degrees and sunny the first week they went in the ground. I don't believe this is happened because of too much water. They started looking wilted with in a couple days of getting transplanted. I'm hoping the leaves are a little frost bitten and not dying.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Mar 2, 2018 10:24 AM CST
In my mind, there are only two scenarios for what you are seeing: sunburn or root burn.

Were they sitting in a shady spot in the nursery you purchased them from? Did you make sure the compost you added to the planting holes was thoroughly moistened (no dry spots)?

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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