Hi all, wondered if anyone had any of these or maybe someone who is just knowledgeable about plants could help me understand what I did wrong. I bought two of these evergreen shrubs and planted beginning of April, planted in fresh compost in pots and mulched the tops with slate, ties a couple of supports around the stem as seemed like it need it. The leaves on both went crispy within a month and they have not grown, looking at them now they look dead but maybe I’m wrong. Both did produce a few flowers which made me thought they were doing ok. I read they needed humorous soil on one site but on another well drained. The pots are against the fence and get sun and shade and I’m in the midlands so not too hot. The crispy leaves to me indicate not enough water or too much heat but they had plenty of water and shade, I’ve dug one out to check the roots to see if they were rotten on anything i they just look like they haven’t spread, tried scratching the stem to see if it is still green but it’s not really peeling back.
I speak as one who is paranoid about the little critters 🙄
They are not that hardy and will not do well in an open area. Always place them against a southerly or westerly wall to keep away from drying winds that can scorch their leaves. Slate chips are not ideal for young delicate shrubs. It is also hard to check the soil for dampness. Only useful on older established shrubs/trees.
Loropetalum need a slightly acidic, humus-rich soil that retains moisture.
Wonder if JI no 2 with added grit, is the right compost.
They also need shelter.
Not completely hardy in UK.
What they don't like is an exposed site with cold winds. They don't mind a bit of dappled shade. They will not do well in cold areas in the UK. So protection will be needed if there is frost forecast.
Planting at this time of year, watering is essential. Water in the evenings or early mornings at least every 3 days in the summer easing off as it gets cooler. Generous watering into the base area and not onto the foliage. Good luck with it.