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Philadelphus 'Virginal' (Mock orange 'Virginal'

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We planted a mature Philadelphus 'Virginal' (Mock orange 'Virginal') back in May and through the summer it has grown a bit, but the nursery we got it from have cut it back so there are no leaves from half way down. Also it appears to be dying off in the middle but new shoots are growing out the top. What would you suggest to do with it. We were advised not to trim until next year when it has definately established itself. We spent a bit of money on the plant and I don't want to lose it.

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  • Posted: Tue. 22nd September 2009 18:50

Philadelphus 'Virginal'

Reply from Anna Taylor

Dear Sarah,

Mature plants can often show signs of distress soon after planting. I am sure you prepared the hole and watered the plant in well, but a maturer plant can find it difficult to settle in during its first year since it will be concentrating on putting its roots down and anchoring to its new spot. Also, you planted it just as the plant was about to flower which would mean its energies were not concentrating on establishing itself.
That is why I think it looks a little bit sorry for itself.

We are having a dry September, so don't forget water well weekly and later this year, give it a good mulch of manure around the base. If any branches have died back, prune them out, but otherwise wait for it to settle in over the winter.

Don't forget that Philadelphus flowers on the previous years growth, so only prune straight after flowering next year.

Hope this helps !

Anna Taylor

  • Posted: Wed. 23rd September 2009 18:31