Can this be saved?


Hello- the plant in front all of a sudden just shriveled up. The same plant next to it is thriving. I don’t know what happened. Any suggestions? TIA.

q can this be saved
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  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Jul 11, 2018

    It looks like it has a disease. I would take any cutting that looks at all healthy and try to root it in water. If it does, you can probably propagate it that way. But the rest of it looks pretty sad, unfortunately....

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Jul 11, 2018

    Hi Tory,

    I'm not a huge gardener. I just have some plants around our home. If it was mine, I would cut back all of the dead branches then see what the base of the plant looked like. If it has any life, you should be able to tell. I'd try some Miracle Grow pre-mixed or mixed as directed then water the plant. (unless you can tell that it's too wet underneath). I hope that helps. Wishing you the best.

  • Edith Reardon Edith Reardon on Jul 12, 2018

    Was this recently planted?? Dig it up and examine the roots. Are they alive and not not still root bound from the pot. Did you tease the roots out before planting. Check for rodent or bug damage too around the base of the plant. Re-plant the plant by filling the hole with water before putting the plant back into it. The plant can possibly be saved by following Linda Sikut's advice. You can always take a clipping and try and root it in water or a wet light soil. Is it getting enough water and the right amount of sunlight. Most shrubs require full sun which is 6 hrs. a day.

    • Tory Tory on Jul 12, 2018
      Thank you fir your advice. This shrub is actually a couple years old and once thrived😞

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Jul 12, 2018

    I hope some of it can be saved :(

  • Jeanne Grunert Jeanne Grunert on Jul 12, 2018
    It looks like a fungal disease might be affecting it. Pull up the brown or dead plants and put them in the trash. Try growing another variety there; some fungal diseases don't hop over to another variety easily.

  • Lori Fitzgibbon Lori Fitzgibbon on Aug 07, 2018

    Before you dig it up and give up on it go to a branch on the inside and try to break it off. If it snaps, your plant is dead. You need to take it out of the garden and also remove some of the dirt around it or treat it to prevent the disease from spreading.

    If it's still pliable, leave it alone. You don't say what type of plant it is. Cutting it back will help it come back, but not in the heat of the day.

    Plants can eaten by a multitude of things that cause the leaves to turn brown and look dead when the plant itself is ok. I discovered an ant colony in my flower bed and had to get rid of them so they would leave the plants alone. Unfortunately, they like it there, so I have to do this yearly. I also have e a plant that gets used as a potty by something. I can see it on the leaves. I will catch it, lol.

    Try the branch and look in the flower bed, under mulch if you have it. Find out the best time to cut back the plant, until then, keep it watered, in the morning is best. And cut back closer to fall. Leave about an inch above ground unless you are told otherwise. If you still have the tag on it, that will tell you soon name as well as proper name.

    Good luck.


  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 13, 2021

    Hello there,

    Cut out all the dead and then use Plant invigorator on it and sit back and wait. or take cuttings from one of the live branches. Best wishes