Leaves Wilting On Newly Planted Burning Bush

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my new bush looks droopy and some leaves turning yellowe
been giving it plenty of water outside temp 90 degrees
been in the ground about 4 days

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Answer #1 · Gardenality.com's Answer · Hi Flora ,

There's a slight possibility that the plants are infested with spider mites but the primary cause for wilting leaves on a newly planted burning bush is dry soil.

To rule out spider mites, shake a leaved branch over a white sheet of paper. If you see tiny specks moving around on the paper these are spider mites. Your local nursery and garden center should have several types of insecticides for use in controlling mites.

When established, burning bush are exceptionally drought tolerant, but newly planted ones will require a good deal of water during the first summer. The native soil or back fill soil mixture around the root ball could be moist but the root ball itself could be dry due to the different soil textures. Make sure to touch the top of the root ball and the surrounding soil to check for moisture. If the root ball is dry give it a good, slow, deep soaking. This should stop the leaves from wilting and help the plant to "root in" to the surrounding native soil. If you haven't done so already, I'd suggest spreading a two inch layer of shredded wood mulch or pine straw around the plant. Then, water as needed to keep the root ball and surrounding soil moist...but not consistently wet and soggy.

One other thing. Before planting, did you scratch the exterior of the root ball to loosen the feeder roots? If not, you might want to remove the plant from the planting hole and do so, then replant. Loosening the feeder roots will hasten the "rooting in" process. Applying a solution of Root Stimulator would help as well.

Hope this info helped and don't hesitate to ask further questions.

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Answer #2 · Gardenality.com's Answer · Hi Flora,

Does your Burning Bush perk up once it is watered? If the leaves go from drooping to perky after watering you automatically know that it is a watering issue. Lack of water that is. If the leaves remain droopy after watering it could very well be too much water. Given the plant has only been in for 4 days it shouldn't be lack of water unless the plant was already over watered from the nursery.

Many plants will experience what is know as transplant shock when planted in the heat of summer. The sure way to cure this is watering correctly.

Hope this helps you.

Brooks Wilson)

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