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Good morning everyone, I hope the sun is out for you all. Please can I ask for your help on behalf of my Dad? He's had this shrub since last Nov. and to be honest it now looks very poorly def. not thriving! It is meant to flower June-Oct., its been fed with Miracle-Gro and kept watered






Thanks all


  • LynLyn Posts: 21,894

    Its a hedging plant, may be better in the ground, it just looks pot bound. Just knock of the dead leaves, and plant it out. they grow very big.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • cathy43cathy43 Posts: 373

    if your dad wants to keep it in the pot you could try root pruning it then replant in pot, it will also help to keep it smaller.  escallonia are pretty tough

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,899

    Yes, I'd put it somwhere it can stretch its legs.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Snow MaidenSnow Maiden Posts: 862

    Thanks guys, will pass all this info on to him

  • Snow MaidenSnow Maiden Posts: 862

    Hi, have taken it out of its pot and although it wasn't pot bound we gave the roots a slight trim. It says on the label that it's final size will be 1metre high with a width of 1 metre too. Classed as compact and ideal for containers, it was only planted up in the pot last Nov. I've also google it and found that there are some escallonias that do grow big but not this one, they are also suppose to be pretty trouble they say but I fear that this one is going to end up 'bald' soon. Any more thoughts please, thanks

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    I would stop feeding it and only water it when the top inch of soil is dry.  Too much food and water can cause leaves to yellow and drop like that.  You won't harm the plant by doing this and if it starts showing signs of recovery, you know you are on to a winner. image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Snow MaidenSnow Maiden Posts: 862

    Thanks Bob

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