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Hebe Quicksilver not performing

simbrindsimbrind Posts: 16
Hi, I'm a bit of a novice gardener but have planted a flower bed this year and have really enjoyed it. 

I have a Hebe Quicksilver but it looks a bit worse for wear. It hasn't flowered and there hasn't really been any new growth on it. I water it regularly and have been feeding with a liquid feed every week, as per the rest of the bed. It was planted in June.

Does anyone have any tips? Thank you.

Simon 

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  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,630
    edited August 2018
    I think your Hebe is dead. Lightly bend the stems. If they snap away easily, then I'm afraid it's a goner. The stems should be brown or at least dark in colour. 
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,677
    Planted in June in a heat wave.
    I suspect that when you bought it the soil in the pot had been allowed to dry out at some stage
    Your Hebe sadly looks as dead as a Dodo.
    It should look like this...

    http://ketenewplymouth.peoplesnetworknz.info/image_files/0000/0008/7233/Hebe_pimeleoides__Quicksilver_-001.JPG

    Any new plants you buy in future
    .....I suggest you put the pot in a bucket of water and leave it for at least 15mins so that the soil in pot is sodden right the way through.
    ....then plant
    ....water it in.... so surrounding soil is also wet.
    If it does not rain then water regularly  for several weeks....if extremely hot this may mean even daily. Not just a quick spray. 
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • simbrindsimbrind Posts: 16
    Planted in June in a heat wave.
    I suspect that when you bought it the soil in the pot had been allowed to dry out at some stage
    Your Hebe sadly looks as dead as a Dodo.
    It should look like this...

    http://ketenewplymouth.peoplesnetworknz.info/image_files/0000/0008/7233/Hebe_pimeleoides__Quicksilver_-001.JPG

    Any new plants you buy in future
    .....I suggest you put the pot in a bucket of water and leave it for at least 15mins so that the soil in pot is sodden right the way through.
    ....then plant
    ....water it in.... so surrounding soil is also wet.
    If it does not rain then water regularly  for several weeks....if extremely hot this may mean even daily. Not just a quick spray. 
    Thanks, I did water thoroughly before planting and I have watered it daily ever since. Maybe the damage was already done, thanks for your tips though!
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,445
    A good choice of plant, but maybe not the best of times to plant it! There is absolutely NO NEED for liquid feed. If you like this plant I suggest locating a new healthy specimen and planting it this autumn or next spring.

    Here are 2 pics of my own specimen.
    Hebe pimeleoides ‘Quicksilver’ just planted, March 2017

    Hebe pimeleoides ‘Quicksilver’ in full bloom, June 2018




    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
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