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Akebia quinata problem

I bought a small Akebia from the garden centre and planted it to grow along a fence. It got off to a good start when the weather warmed, but a week after planting, I moved it to replace a honeysuckle I didn’t like. Since then the top growth is turning back and leaves are dropping off! It’s east facing and gets sun until 2 ish. It isn’t dry and drainage is fine. Any ideas?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,378
    has it caught a frost?

  • FlinsterFlinster Posts: 883
    Possibly, I haven’t noticed one but it it is possible a light frost has burnt off before I’m up. I thought they were quite hardy? I presume it will recover then?
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,262
    I understood that they prefer protection from cold winds. I would trim back the black leaves/stalks and just keep an eye on it. If you do get a frost forecast, fling some fleece over it.
  • FlinsterFlinster Posts: 883
    Thanks will do!
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,378
    hardy plants can have their new growth frosted. The later frosts do more damage than winter cold because the new growth is so delicate
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