Bought andromeda plant three weeks ago. Top tips are brittle. Am I giving it enough water
The first few weeks that you have a new planting are crucial for water. Make sure the soil is moist but not soggy.
Depending on the variety, your shrub may need full sun to partial shade.
Here is a link to refresh you on the care requirements.
The leaves in some areas of the plant are fading. We planted it last year along with two others that died at the end of the summer. I also had shrub (drift) roses planted, and they are going crazy.
Possible lace bug.
The bottom of the plant seems to dead the leaves on the top seem to be ok can you tell me what’s wrong with it please ?
It looks bacterial. This is common when soils remain too moist for too long without a chance to let it dry out. This will need to be treated. Fungicides and bactericides overlap on most occasions, so you may need to try a few things before you find what works in your specific case.
Here are some articles that will help:
Here are a couple of articles that will help you with the general care of the shrub:
I purchased an Andromeda in mid July. It is in the original pot 2 1/2 or 3 gallon pot. I purchased it from a garden nursery in MA and it had a lot of the reddish leaves on it. I placed it in my yard in an area that did not get direct sunlight in the morning, but received some direct late afternoon sun. After a few weeks I transferred the plant to the opposite side of the yard where it received morning sunshine and late afternoon sun. Most of the red leaves are gone. I water it frequently because one of the advisors at the nursery told me that when a plant is in the pot it requires more water. The roots have no place to stretch for water as it would do when it was planted in soil. I've had the shrub for only 4 to 6 weeks, and can see that it has grown significantly. Please advise how much sun is right for an Andromeda? I want to plant it soon.
They need part sun to full shade. So morning sun would be ideal, however, not both morning and afternoon. It also needs acidic, organic rich soil. Incorporate some compost if you don't have that, and peat moss will help the acidity. Here is more:
my plant is still in its container, moved from a sunless 3-season porch to a west-facing balcony. In warm early March weather, it bloomed. Now we're getting nights in the 20s. Should I bring it inside, or can I cover it with a blanket outside, or will it be fine as is?
Is this Pieris japonica? If so, it is hardy to about -20 degrees F. However, if yours is still in the container I would bring it inside or cover it. It doesn't have the protection it would have if planted in the ground. Plus, if it is still in flower, the blooms will be killed by frost.
We do have acidic soil and feed acid fertilizer. Three years growing, otherwise happy healthy bush. On north side house foundation
You may be overdoing the acidic soil if you already have it. It would help to get a soil sample analyzed. This will show you what nutrients are needed and what the pH is. Your local extension center can take care of a soil sample.
There is a large area of bare branches with new signs of budding leaves. Should I remove dead wood. Or remove and replace the plant?
You definitely should cut out the dead wood. You could try propagating some cuttings if you liked the variety you had. Otherwise, considering the age, I would probably replace it.