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Questions About Red Tip Photinias

Asked by
lighthelper on
June 25, 2019
Sheffield

Q. Why are my Red Robin branches dropping down thus being unable to hold their own weight?

The long branches on some of my Red Robins are dropping downward like they are struggling to hold the own branch weight, why is this?

The current size of my Red robins are around 1 metre tall and are doing okay in terms of plant health apart from some of the lengthy branches are failing to support their own weight.

I am having to use a plant cane to support it and a garden plant tie to hold it up.

I know we have had heavy rain recently where I am, which would add weight to the branches, but in dry weather, some of the branches are doing the same thing even when it is dry!

I am just really concerned for when snow comes because if it is struggling to hold it’s own weight in rain, in snow it could bend the branch to the ground is what I am thinking.

Could you please advise me on what to do or just tell me if this normal.

The long branches that are going upwards are very narrow.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
June 25, 2019
Certified Expert
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This is quite common, and no need for concern. Pruning is usually the best option. You will want to do this at the correct time, though. This article will give you a detailed explanation of how and when to prune these: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/photinia/pruning-photinia-shrubs.htm

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Asked by
Zizy on
July 1, 2019

Q. What are these white things on my leaves?

This evening I discovered white specks on the leaves of my potted red robin bush. They don’t appear to be moving, what are they? And how do I remove them?
Many thanks

Answered by
BushDoctor on
July 1, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

These appear to be White Thrips! The photo is a little hard to see, but this is my best guess, and not the beneficial kind either.

This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/controlling-thrips.htm

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Asked by
patricia_999 on
September 29, 2019
WS11 5TG

Q. my red robin has fallen over in high winds i was intending to cut it back but didn’t get chance.

The trunk is not broke. Can I prune it and replant it? The roots seem intact.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
September 30, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

Yes, this will be the best course of action from here. This article will help you with pruning these properly: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/photinia/rejuvenating-red-tip-photinia.htm

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Asked by
kskachele on
January 11, 2020

Q. Red Birds In A Tree

Are these plants deer resistant?

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
January 12, 2020
Certified Expert
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I found sources that said they were deer resistant, more sources said they were rabbit resistant and only one, the National Garden Association, said Red Birds in a Tree plant were resistant to both.
In reality, deer will eat just about anything if they are hungry enough.

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Asked by
JennaGreen on
February 5, 2020
94595

Q. What Is Wrong With My Red Tip Photonia?

I planted three red tip photonia against a fence in my yard last spring. They seemed to do well all summer and most of fall. But now they have no leaves! Lots of my neighbors have large healthy photonia and they are recommended for my zone. I read that photonia are susceptible to fungus and I sprayed with a copper fungicide a couple of weeks ago but that hasn’t seemed to make a difference yet. Thanks for any thoughts!

Answered by
BushDoctor on
February 5, 2020
Certified Expert
A.

Those leaves appear to have been eaten by something!This could be a caterpillar, and a night feeding one at that. There are many nocturnal caterpillars that leave this pattern of mostly eaten leaves.

Unfortunately, this usually requires manual removal of the caterpillars as you see them. There are a few remedies that you can try, however.

These articles will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/organic/what-are-organic-pesticides.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/organic/natural-home-pesticides-organic-garden-pest-control.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/prevent-caterpillars.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/photinia/photinia-leaf-spot.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/photinia/growing-red-tip-photinia.htm

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