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07/04/2013 at 23:47

Hi All

Being a little impulsive I moved a Choisya Ternata 'Sundance' about 3-4 months ago IIRC. Its a largish size c.1m x 1.5m and it seemed to move AOK, however, this was before the onslaught of February and Marches cold conditions!! The leaves have wilted despite being watered and it is now looking a little sad to say the least!

There does seem to be a small ray of hope. I have noticed some new leaves growing at the branch tips (good sign?) and in the leaf axils there appear to be new leaf buds emerging (another good sign?).

Am I kidding myself that it will recover after a leaf drop or is it a goner! Any guidance or expert knowledge gratefully received

Warm regards

Adam

08/04/2013 at 08:05

My choisya isn't Sundance but it's looking sad. Wilted and brown bits on the extremities of the branches. It always does this and recovers. The one I have growing under a tree doesn't do this. I'd leave it alone and see what happens

08/04/2013 at 09:39
Shadow weaver, did you move it with good rootball or with roots loose and without soil?
I have moved sundance without problem. Wouldn't water it too much right now though.
Me? I would prune back bit later when growth is apparent and do so to healthy shoots. Choisyas respond well to pruning. In cold areas they would not have enjoyed this winter at all. Hopefully your plant will recover
08/04/2013 at 12:29

Our choyosa sundance has not been moved, but I have taken cuttings which rooted well.  I suspect that the time of the move was a bit hard for it, as assuming you live in the UK, it was followed by some pretty horrid weater, and however well you did it regarding rootball etc., it has suffered.  I would prune it hard, it cannot make new roots, shoots and support the leaves it has already, mulch it with whatever you usually use for mulch and leave well alone.  As it has some new shoots it is trying, but can't do it all,  they are very forgiving and will recover if it can.  

08/04/2013 at 22:56
Thanks for all your help folks. Very much appreciated

Verdun - there was a pretty good rootball but there were some roots poking out. I can't say that I didn't cause damage to the root system as I know there was a big b*gger anchoring it down and I couldn't dig it all out intact!!!!!

I'll give it more time as suggested, lay off the water and give it a prune when the weather picks up a bit more. I 'm encouraged that all is not lost

Have a great evening one and all.

Rgds
Adam
09/04/2013 at 01:16

Now look `ere Adam - being impulsive in your garden is always good -but moving the poor shrubs at the wrong time is really asking for trouble.  The choisya ia one of my very favourite shrubs.  It makes a wonderful hedge, is always fragrant, evergreen - or yellow for "Sundance"    This choisya is wonderful - but if it gets too much sun it scorches and if it gets too much frost it goes all brown and horrid.  It is not as tough as ternata !

Choisya roots very easily.  If you`re going to go mad, just snip off a few nodal cuttings first .  The miracle of spring is (hopefully) about to happen - and with a bit of luck your lovely shrub will ....happen !  Good luck.

09/04/2013 at 23:10
Thanks Sam! I thought it was sleeping and wouldn't notice
Will definitely take cuttings - if it doesn't aspire to being an ex- shrub and give up the ghost! Lesson learnt!!!

Rgds
Adam
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