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Elaine Gough

I need help we have planted shrubs in our garden but at one side of the garden the plants are dying, we took some of the old soil out and put manure and soil conditioner on but it hasn’t made any difference, can anybody give me any advice please 


  • BijdezeeBijdezee Posts: 1,484
    Was the manure fresh? Manure needs to be well rotted down before it can be used or it can burn the roots. Have you kept them well watered since you planted them?
    Any chance if some photos? 
  • Yes it was rotted down and watered them every night soil still feels powdery.i planted a camellia and the flowers have died off also a rhododendron that had buds on and the buds look like there shrivelling up. Sorry I don’t know how to put a photo on. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,996
    The soil probably isn't suitable for rhodos and camellias, but when did you plant the shrubs, and were they potted to start with, or dug up from somewhere else?
    Camellias [and rhodos] need plenty of water in the previous summer, especially late summer, as that's when they form the following year's buds. 

    If you click on the icon that looks like a little mountain, and follow instructions, that's the one for photos. Try and keep them below about 1MB, as they often don't load well when they're bigger  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • They were potted not had them long, we’ve had this problem for a couple of years now just redesigned the garden and plAnted new plants. Thought the soil conditioner would help but obviously not, the plants in the opposite side grow well.
  • I’ve looked for someone near me that we can find out what’s wrong but nobody does it. 
  • That does soil testing 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,996
    edited April 2020
    You can probably get a kit online if you have no GC nearby that's open
    Rhodos and Camellias need neutral to acidic soil to thrive. They won't like alkaline conditions. I presume they're not in a hot, sunny site either?
    When you water - give them a good canful each [ evening is better in this hot weather unless you have frosts forecast ] and then leave for a couple of days, before doing the same. Many people make the mistake of constantly watering with a tiny amount, which is worse than not watering at all. 
    What size are they? Larger shrubs will also be harder to establish. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • They were established plants about 2 to 3 feet in size I’ll see if I can get one
  • Thank you
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