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Acer Problems

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 09:45

Hi, many thanks for all the responses. Not at all worried about the green acer now if it's just winter die off. Should i cut off the dead branches back to where they're still alive?

I'll keep the weeping acer moist and move it into the shade. I scratched off the a little bark and it's nice and green so hopefully no fungle infection.

Re Moss: YEs it had a nice covering however we top dressed with a little compost which covered it. 


Acer Problems

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 18:41

Hi there,

Over the last couple of days we've noticed that one of the acers is our back garden has wilted very badly.

 Some of the buds that hadn't quite made it through to spring also seem to have shrivelled up and the whole thing is feeling very sorry for itself. I realise that it may well be the end for this tree as it looks pretty serious. Since noticing the wilt we have moved it to a more shady area as we thought maybe it was struggling due to the very sunny dry spring we have been having and it being situated in almost full sun.


The second acer we're having a problem with is a small "Little Princess" in that some of the tops of its branches have blackened and there is no leaf growth (the buds are black) The leafs that are growing are extremely healthy looking and aside from the dead parts it still looks ok.

 It would be a shame to lose either plant and we're looking for some tips of how we can try to save them? We checked for bugs on both and there were a few small green ones (aphids) and we have since used an insect spray (provado insect spray)

If anyone has any ideas that would be grand!


Jon B

Help me save this Pieris (well i think its a Pieris)!

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 20:07

Hello guys,

Dug up and cut back today. It is now residing in a big pot full of ericaceo compost in the shade of the garage roof. 

The mystery of what it is has been solved. Underneath the soil there was a label for a mountain fire Pieris which had been long buried! Hopefully it'll spring back to health now.

Help me save this Pieris (well i think its a Pieris)!

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 11:44

Quick update. Its almost certianly Lacebug looking under the leaves! Thanks very much Daintiness! I'm going to use some insecticide on the leaves and leave them for a few days before cutting so hopefully the bugs don't move to the new growth. After that i'm going to cut it back and move it to a big pot. The area its in does get shade after about 2pm but in the current weather i think permenant shade will be better.

I'll keep updated as to whether i can save it!

Help me save this Pieris (well i think its a Pieris)!

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 23:14

Hi Guys,

I'll check for lacebug signs first thing tomorrow. The soil around it is cracked badly but its composted to about a foot diameter around it for now. I'll keep soaking it and will dig the soil around it more and soak it to.

If I chose to move it how far down do they usually root? I have some large pots I can put it in to get some shade until I can get the tangled mess of the garden sorted.

Help me save this Pieris (well i think its a Pieris)!

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 18:00

We don't have a waterbutt at the front of the house as its a terrace and no access to a downpipe. Obviously i'll bring some rain water to it once we get some rain (some time in august at this rate) 

I'll get some liquid acid plant food. Many thanks for the tip!

Help me save this Pieris (well i think its a Pieris)!

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 17:39

Having recently moved into a new house we've been surveying the new garden to see what can be saved. We have what appears to be a very sickly Pieris (or maybe mexican orange blosson - happy to be corrected) in one area what was surrounded by couch grass and moss.


The leaves on the Pieris appear to be suffering some sort of problem, being a yellow tinge and being horrendously black spotted. They also feel quite hard and crispy to the touch. At first glance it really does look a state and we thought it wasn't savable. However we noticed before pulling it out that there are some fresh buds forming along with some red flowers starting to sprout (this is what made me think Pieris) and that it might be worth trying to bring it back to life. 


So far we have added some ericaceous compost and cleared away all moss as best we could. We're also watering it.

My question is. Do we need to remove the extremely sickly looking leaves or are they still serving some sort of purpose? If so how far back should we cut it?

Any thoughts would be most welcome. I'd rather give a go of saving this plant than putting something new in.

Many thanks!

Could someone help name this Shrub?

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 10:12

Hi there,

We have this shrub in one bed of a house we have moved into, and we have no clue what it is? It seems to have a lot of dry upright sticks from previous growth and was obviously at one point much more populous in the bed?


If anyone has any suggestions we would love to know!


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