Bottle Brush Trees
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Bottlebrush – planted one month ago – What is wrong?

Zone The Woodlands, TX 77380 | twcco added on March 20, 2017 | Answered

This bottlebrush plant was planted about one month ago and the leaves immediately started to drop. The man who planted said the plant was in shock. I gave it a bit of super thrive But the plant is going down hill fast. It gets at least six hours of bright sunlight a day. What to do?? Note: The pink behind the bottle brush is a pink flowering geranium. Thank you very much. Best Regards Elizabeth Wetzel The Woodlands TX

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on March 22, 2017

Make sure you use a good quality commercial potting mix. Never use soil from the ground, as this will become like concrete in a container.

Don't use to large of a container, just so the root ball is comfortable with a little extra room. Too large of a container will lead to root rot.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on March 21, 2017

Check the planting and growing conditions needed, with the article below.

Make sure the soil was moist but well drained.
Was the plant exposed to cold temperatures?

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/bottlebrush/growing-bottlebrush-plants.htm

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twcco
Answered on March 22, 2017

Thank you downtoearthdigs! I think the roots are compacted and there is too much water. Temps are fine, but I'm going to replant in a bigger pot and add some sand..
EW

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