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Old 08-18-2014, 06:02 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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I recently installed some landscaping. I purchased 2 azaleas bushes

I initially watered the bushes by hand. Everything was going well. Then I started wafting by my underground sprinkler system.

One particularly hot spell I didn't realize that the pattern of my sprinkler didn't really cover the far corner of my new landscaping. So unfortunately that bush is pretty much burned to a crisp. The leaves are brown and crumbly. The stems look woodsy and dry... But the healthy bush stems look similar in appearance.

I've been told by a couple of people to continue watering the bush and it will likely comeback because the root system is viable.

I was skeptical... No new green on the bush.., but while installing more mulch I impulsively broke a small branch and noticed that the inside of the stem was lime green moist and tender..,


Your opinion..... Will the bush make it and come back next spring??

Keep watering?

Last edited by kcam213; 08-18-2014 at 06:05 PM.. Reason: Clarity
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Old 08-18-2014, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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Green under the skin indicates some life. Time will tell, keep the plant moist, not soggy wet. Trim back in stages the dead til you see green, keep your fingers crossed. No fertilizers. If no new growth in 30 days, start anew with a new plant. Though you may want to wait til spring planting for best results.
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Old 08-18-2014, 06:35 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Thanks about the tip of no fertilizer... I planned to feed it regularly to give it all the help it could get....
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Old 08-20-2014, 01:25 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Green under the skin indicates some life. Time will tell, keep the plant moist, not soggy wet. Trim back in stages the dead til you see green, keep your fingers crossed. No fertilizers. If no new growth in 30 days, start anew with a new plant. Though you may want to wait til spring planting for best results.
I agree but would buy new ones anyway. If the dead branches go down close to the main trunk and you have to wait for new growth from a viable root system it may be several years before you get significant branches or blooms.
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Old 08-20-2014, 01:52 PM
 
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Keep watering; it's still alive.
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Old 08-23-2014, 01:14 AM
 
Location: MA
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Keep watering! Every morning give the roots a soak by hand. You'd be surprised what you might find in a week or two.
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