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By Jan65

North East England, United Kingdom Gb

My Griselinia is looking a bit sorry for itself - losing quite a lot of leaves, which are turning brown and curling at the edges. Any ideas what's wrong with it? It was only planted last year. Clay soil and in full sun for quite a lot of the day. I think I've watered it enough ... but maybe not, or maybe I've overwatered? I just don't know! Any help gratefully received.



Ours doesn't mind lots of sun, but it's well established in its little spot. maybe it's finding your soil heavy-going. Don't know how big it is, but if manageable I'd consider something radical like a trim, dig up, improve the soil under and around it before replanting straight away? If you do, try and make sure it's out of the ground for as short a time as possible

18 May, 2010


Is it sheltered from chilly winds, Jan? They aren't reliably hardy - you're quite far north, so it could have caught a won't have liked that.

Keep an eye on it, as new leaves may well appear. If it is in an exposed position, you might want to think about a move.

19 May, 2010


Thank you both for your replies. I don't think it's in a particularly windy spot, being against a fence and in between a photinia red robin and a box shrub, and also beneath a young tree. But maybe it doesn't get as much sun as I first said, thinking about it, and we have had a particularly cold winter with prolonged snow earlier this year. It's about three feet tall and two feet wide, and isn't really much bigger now than when I planted it last year. Would it survive being dug up do you think? Or would I be better to leave it and just see what happens? It's certainly not on its last legs, it just looks a bit under par!

19 May, 2010


I think on balance, it's better to leave well alone, and maybe give it a feed.

19 May, 2010


Thanks spritz, I'll do that and see if things improve.

19 May, 2010


Keep us informed about the patient's well-being, won't you!

20 May, 2010

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