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Brno, Czech Republic
Aug 12, 2018 1:51 PM CST
Hi. I need some advice. This June, I'd bought a Laurus Nobilis from a gardening center. I planted it in a large terra-cotta pot and it was doing great until last week. Last week he started to get droopy and the leaves began to curl. I only watered it occasionally and only a little, and it was potted with Mediterranean potting mix. But the last couple weeks, we've been having extreme temperatures in the Czech Republic. Several days of 34 degrees. So I thought maybe it needed water, so I tried to give it a good soak and hid it from the sun. Unfortunately, that didn't help. I tried to bend a top twig and it broke, but it's white inside. Not sure if that means it's dead or alive. Any suggestions on what to do? Is it a goner? Or should I prune it back and let it rest until next season?
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Aug 13, 2018 12:58 PM CST

Try scratching the branches and trunk in several places. If the tissue under the bark is green, you tree is alive (or partly alive). If the bark won't scratch or the tissue under the bark is brown, your tree is dead. The crispy leaves will not recover. If you find any part of the tree alive, keep watering and wait for new sprouts. Right now, you have a lot of bay leaves ready for use.
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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