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Problem with photinia red robin

Hello! Wondering if anyone can help. A couple of weeks ago I moved my Photinia red robin tree from a large pot to the ground. It is a sunny spot and I have watered it. Unfortunately I’ve noticed the leaves are drooping please see photo. What can I do to save the tree? Thank you!


  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    Have you prepared the ground well? Planting shrubs in summer takes a lot longer for them to settle. Make sure you have cleared the grass around so there is less competition for water and nutrients.

    In terms of watering, be generous. Water directly into the base in the late evenings or early mornings to get the best from the watering. Has to be bucketfuls every day poured slowly unless the temperatures drop to 18 degrees. Once the leaves pick up, you can water every other day. Don't be put off if leaves drop too as evergreen plants can do this to cope. In time, they should recover.
  • Hi Borderline, thank you for your reply. The hole is about 0.5m in diameter - does that sound about right? I will water it a lot more regularly as you suggest. That's promising that you say it should recover. Thank you, Laura
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    edited June 2020
    It all depends on your original pot size. Generally, it should be fine provided you break up the surrounding soil and work in a bit of compost to help open the structure up. This is especially important on heavy or compacted soil, otherwise your shrub may take years trying to grow into the surrounding soil. If your shrub was quite congested, it's always best to tease out the roots around the sides and base. That will help them to get a head start to grow outwards. Hopefully, your shrub will pick up in time.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    Is it planted in that grass?
    If so, you'll need to clear a good circle of it away too. Competition for water, and also makes it very difficult to cut the grass.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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