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Can i save my new Sorbus

clairearmclairearm Posts: 8

I'm new to gardening and I was really proud of my first little border. The lupins are blooming and most of the other plants are doing well. I bought a Sorbus about 3 weeks ago to and it looked really healthy until today. I've been watering it every day with the weather being as hot as it is. I've noticed today that the leaves are starting to go dry and fall off. I'm gutted!

Can I save it? More water? Less water? Help!

Thank you
Claire x


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,358
    more water less often is the best watering method

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • clairearmclairearm Posts: 8
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,846
    There's a nursery I use her which does an occasional newsletter.  They recommend 15 litres twice a week for shrubs, hedge plants and newly planted small trees in periods of heat.    For bigger trees they recommend 40 to 50 litres once or twice a week.  

    Giving a light drink every day just encourages roots to stay close to the surface and fry before they can find and pass water up to the leaves.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,129
    edited June 2018
    Two questions spring to mind here :- Which species of Sorbus is it &
    what kind of soil is in your garden ?

  • clairearmclairearm Posts: 8
    Thanks Obelixx I’ll try that with the watering.

    It’s a Sorbus aucuparia but I’m afraid I have no idea about soil! When we cut the border out we mixed in compost.
  • clairearmclairearm Posts: 8
    My husband says the soil is clay!
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