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Young cypress leylandii going brown (dying?)

Hello everyone, I recently (2/3 weeks ago) planted a row of young leylandii to create a hedge. They are in well drained soil and I use a micro watering system about 3 to four times a week. I even put some conifer fertiliser on the soil after I planted them, but for some reason they are starting to go brownish in colour.
What could I be doing wrong, and what should I be doing to try and make it better? Am I over watering them?
Thanks in advance for any advice.

Comments (5)

  1. Grower

    Alfred capone

    thank you Alya for taking the time to reply. We put some special conifer fertiliser, small amount, as topping on the top of the soil when we planted them and didn't compact them, as per the instructions these famous gardners give on the telly. The soil does have good drainage and that is why we were watering them a few times a week, or fear of them drying away. We have, only today, put some fish blood and bone on top of the soil around the plants to make sure they have plenty of nutrients. The soil is more sandy and neutral in ph. We have noticed today that there are signs of some new green colouring on the main stem, so we may have been overly concerned, hopefully, and they may still be ok. We have had some rain and we will leave them alone for some days now and see what happens. I would be a shame to lose them, not because of the cost but just cause I like to see the plants grow. Shame they don't grow like weeds. Thanks

  2. Grower

    Alfred capone

    Hello Alya, Thank you for asking me for advice but I don't know what gives you the idea I know anything about gardening. I know the difference between the soil and the plant and that's it. I know the soil is brown in colour and the plants have some green bits on them; I think they call them leaves. I have heard that conifers like free draining soil and don't like to be over watered. Once watered, they say, you should not water again until the top half inch is dry and then give some more. They also say that you could mix some fish blood and bone into the soil when planting or put some on top of the soil if the plant is already planted. I think about 70g over a square yard. I like all things to do with gardening but my brain does not seem to hold a lot of information. As for the names of the plants you mention in your post, they could be in Latin and they would be just as confusing to me. I have planted a slow growing dwarf conifer in some earth where after about 12 or 14 inches the soil was thick clay. I dug a fair bit of clay out (to about 18 inch depth) and then filled the hole with sandy soil (that's all I have to work with) and the conifer seems to be happy at the moment. Hopefully, it will continue to grow. The procedure you described; water in the hole, etc. and the soil mix sounds good to me because this is the advice I found when looking into how to plant a eucalyptus tree. I hope I have been of some use to you. At least you can have a giggle at my lack of knowledge. Thanks.

  3. Grower

    Corseside nursery

    hey Alfred I am glad you can see signs of regrowth. My thoughts are that maybe the plants may have been grown in a tunnel and they were in a bit of shock to be out in the real world. I think a good soaking once a week is good for the first couple of weeks but then its best to let them send out their roots to look for water.

  4. Grower

    Alfred capone

    Thank you Corseside nursery. I don't know about the tunnel growing bit as I got the conifers from a DIY store gardening section. But I will bear in mind what you say about the watering. Thanks. I have one general question you probably know the answer to. I grew an apple tree from a pip. It is now about 18 inches tall but it has taken about three years to get that far. I grew it in a pot (5L). How is that nurseries and garden centres have fruit and other trees in 3 or 5 litre pots and yet the trees are more than two meters tall. Why don't they get pot bound? Clearly I'm not doing things correctly, again! Do they feed them lots of fertiliser or something? Thanks

  5. Grower

    Corseside nursery

    I don't actually know..but many trees and shrubs are grown in the ground in hessian to restrict the roots. So when we buy them they have only been in their pots for a short time. last year I planted out an apple tree my mam grew from a seed a few years ago. It loved being planted and has doubled in size in one year.


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