Don’s Expert Answers: WOODY LILLI PILLI HEDGE

Question From:
CHRIS ROGERS in BONDI JUNCTION, BONDI JUNCTION New South Wales

Nature of problem:
WOODY LILLI PILLI HEDGE

Type of Plant (if known):
LILLI PILLI

Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself):
At the lower level (up to one metre) very woody

Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type:
potting mixture

How often do you water the plant:
Irrigated

How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
8 to 12

How long since you planted it:
Four years

Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
Intermitently

Is the plant indoors or outdoors:
Outdoors

Is the plant in a pot or in the ground:
Garden box

What other treatments have you given the plant:
nil

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Answer:
Hi Chris, you didn’t supply much info. I needed to know how long the irrigation went for and how often it goes on: “irrigated” is not much help. How often do you fertilise it? “Intermittently” is not much help.
My guess is that you have not watered these plants anywhere near enough, leading to a water-repelling potting mix. So water them well by hand, then immediately spread some Scotts Everydop soil wetter and water again. Reset your watering system to twice a week for 45 minutes. Don

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