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witch hazel

Postby john boothby » Thu Jun 30, 2005 7:42 pm

I bought a witch hazel 17 months ago from a garden centre(in a large pot) It is 2 meters high and 2 meters wide. It was in full bloom. It was then planted in the Garden. After the flowers faded it ony had a small amount of leaves for the size of the plant and this year we had no flowers or leaves. Any Ideas?
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Postby Beech » Fri Jul 01, 2005 1:15 pm

We planted one some years ago and it's never really "performed". I've read that they rarely make sensational shrubs and are best planted in amongst others.

If yours hasn't grown any leaves this year it may be dead. If you scratch a stem with your thumbnail you should see a green layer beneath it, showing the plant is alive and well. If there's no green and the stems are brittle then it's likely to have died.
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Postby chameleon » Fri Jul 15, 2005 9:40 am

It's in trouble if it has no leaves, did you water it in well? If the area was well drained, it may have needed every two to three weeks, (and again in following dry spells even a year after planting) a real good drenching, or leave a hosepipe dripping for two hours.

They prefer rich and acid soil, they do ok if in alkaline, providing there's lots of organic matter in the soil. They don't like clay, or waterlogged soil.

If it's still alive, how about, cutting it down by a third, to reduce the stress and demands, check whether it's waterlogged (move it), or too dry (water it - the water must penetrate the top surface of the soil) and fork in some organic matter and wait.
good luck
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