Pieris dying?

I have had both these plants for 12-18 months but the top one has always struggled to keep alive despite being planted in the same ericaceous soil and fed in the same way. Whilst we were away a few weeks ago, we returned to see it looking as though it had died. Can anyone please advise what can be done, if anything, to revive it.
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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 7,188
    Sorry that is dead.
    Woke up again
    To my chagrin
    Getting sick and tired of
    Feeling sick and tired again
  • PosyPosy Posts: 1,639
    Yes, bad luck. Going away is always a risk, isn't it! They are sensitive plants and don't do well with too little water or too much; too little sun or too much.... I have found they are happier planted in the soil, rather than containers, but others may tell of their success.
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 1,493
    The first one doesn't look promising 😕. Try gently scraping off a bit of bark to see if it's green and moist underneath. If it's brown/beige and dry, keep trying lower down. If it's dry under the bark all the way down the I'm afraid it's a goner. If you are a real optimist you could hang onto it until spring just in case you get any new growth (put it somewhere where it won't get waterlogged), but I think it's unlikely.
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 2,075
    Should have been planted in the soil.
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 26,751
    They're not the best shrubs for keeping in pots, unless you really attend to them well. The first one is dead. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • granmagranma Posts: 1,829
    Sorry for your loss, they are beautiful shrubs .
     
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 1,658
    Have you checked the soil for Vine Weevil?
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • Lynn142Lynn142 Posts: 44
    Oh dear, your feedback doesn’t give much hope although I have to agree its current state doesn’t look good! I will check for weevil and if there are any signs of green or moistness on the bark. Thanks for taking the time to reply. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 26,751
    In my experience, Pieris aren't normally troubled by vine weevil, other than the occasional bit of damage to leaves by adults.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 1,658
    Fairygirl said:
    In my experience, Pieris aren't normally troubled by vine weevil, other than the occasional bit of damage to leaves by adults.  :)
    Could you tell the weevils that please!!!!!
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
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