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King George, VA
birdie6659
Mar 10, 2018 2:44 PM CST
Hi! New member from King George, VA.

I recently bought a small leyland cypress tree from a local nursery after explaining that I wanted a small evergreen to keep in a pot on the porch. This was back in December. About two weeks ago I replanted it into a larger pot and I'm afraid I've done something wrong.

I have been reading a lot of conflicting information saying that maybe I've watered it too much or not enough. I don't think it has any maladies... The poor thing has just been slowly turning orange/brown and the foliage feels very brittle. Is it too late to save it?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 10, 2018 3:08 PM CST
Welcome!

The problem is that under watering and overwatering look the same because the result is the same: damaged roots. You should be watering when the soil is dry a couple inches down. Don't let it sit in water.

If the root ball was small and the pot is overly large, and if you are watering on the same schedule, you could be over watering because it takes a lot longer for the soil to dry in a big pot. On the other hand, if the roots were very tightly bound in the old pot, it could be that the water is going around the root ball and the plant is not getting enough water. After you water, stick a finger into the soil and also into the root ball. The moisture level should be the same in both places.

There could be other problems: the potting soil was too dry when you planted, resulting in root burn or you have filled the bottom of your container with pebbles and your plant is drowning. If you planted the tree too deep, you will cause rot at the line that separates roots from the tree trunk. Make sure the new soil is at the same level or slightly lower than it was in the old pot.

BTW, are you sure the nursery understood your need for a small container evergreen? Leyland Cypress get about 40 feet tall and grow at up to 3 ft a year. They are usually used for an instant privacy screen.

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King George, VA
birdie6659
Mar 10, 2018 3:15 PM CST
Thank you for replying!

The nursery mentioned it was a "dwarf" leyland cypress. Perhaps they were mistaken?

I will check on the plant and adjust watering as described. Thank you again!

Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 10, 2018 4:19 PM CST
Oh, good! But it may still reach 8 - 10 ft.
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