Loose bark on a small shrub damaged by a large oak branch. Photo: Keith Hawkins, LSU AgCenter.
Now that homeowners are repairing their homes after a couple of hurricanes, some are looking at helping their landscapes recover. Paige asked for guidance to rehabilitate camellias after branches and trees have fallen on them. AHA consulted with Dr. Heather Kirk-Ballard, the AgCenter horticulture specialist who writes the Get It Growing column.
Dr. Kirk-Ballard sent this email with recommendations for helping all affected small trees and shrubs:
Dr. Kirk Ballard also cited Dr. Hallie Dozier who specializes in landscape trees and arborist training. Dr. Dozier made these point on saving small trees and shrubs:
A confederate rose in autumn bloom. Photo: Jimmy Earl Cooley, Master Gardener.
Jimmy, a Master Gardener in Beauregard Parish, shared a positive recovery image from his landscape. He sent an encouraging note, “[Here are] some photos to hopefully brighten your day”. Included in his email is an image of a blooming confederate rose that survived the recent storms.
Dr. Allen Owings, retired AgCenter horticulturist, wrote about confederate rose in a flyer entitled Tropical Hibiscus, “Confederate rose (Hibiscus mutabilis)
is popular in south Louisiana. Plants can reach 15 to 20 feet tall. The woody stems
usually do not die back during winters unless severe conditions are present. Flowers of Confederate rose begin the day as white. By early afternoon, the flowers are light pink, and by evening, flowers are a rosy pink.”
A container plant in need of a more rooting space. Photo: Christy Frederic, Master Gardener.
Christy, a Master Gardener in Pineville, wants to help her neighbor, “[My] neighbor’s flowering maple has yellowing leaves. [Do you have] any advice?” Also, the flowering maple is another kind of hibiscus.
AHA suspects this plant is “pot bound”, and Dan Gill, retired AgCenter horticulturist, writes about the indicators of this condition, “The roots stop growing actively, and as a result, the upper portions of the plant begin to show common pot-bound symptoms, such as frequent wilting, stunted growth, smaller new leaves, poor quality flowers or lack of flowers and yellowing and dropping older leaves.’
The solution is to repot the plant, and Gill adds this caution, “Over-potting a plant — putting it in a pot that is too large — can lead to root rot from overwatering. And aesthetically, the size of the plant needs to be in pleasing proportion to the size of the pot. In other words, a relatively small plant looks out of place in a relatively large pot.” For more guidance on repotting plants, readers can refer to Gill’s article, You can deal with pot bound plants, and it is online at www.lsuagcenter.com.
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