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Question about a shrub

I live in zone 6 and I planted a Korean Spice Bush last summer in my garden.  Of course now, after it has wintered over it is totally bare and looks dead. 

I scratched a branch or two and see green underneath.  Also the branches bend and do not snap, which I am assuming means there is moisture there.  I know it blooms in April, but I don't see any signs of budding for leaves.  Shouldn't I be seeing that now? 

Please let me know when I should be looking for new growth so that I know not to dig it up and throw it on the compost heap.

Thanks so much. I am kind of new at this gardening thing, as you probably can tell.

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burpee

Re: Question about a shrub

 

Your spicebush sound fine just give it a little more time.

2012-03-12T13:50:26.000Z

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Re: Question about a shrub

Also, be careful when checking shrubs to see if they're alive. By scratching the surface (or bending, which may cause the branch to accidentally crease or tear/break, even though it's alive; be gentle as it is less dangerous than scratching) you're damaging the stem, leaving it open to disease or pests. Better to either make a clean, diagonal cut ~1/4 above a bud with a pair of good, sharp hand pruners or small, straight, shallow incision with a thin, very sharp blade (a razor blade works) toward the end of branch. You want to avoid ragged openings/cuts or removal of the protective barrier of the branch.

Your best friend as a new gardener is an excellent, high-quality, by-pass hand pruner. It may cost more upfront, but a quality pruner provides cleaner cuts, requires less sharpening, are able to be full dissembled for maintenance &/or part replacement (saves you from having to buy a new one if it becomes damaged) & are more comfortable to use. Remember to disinfect the blades (I use cotton balls soaked with rubbing alcohol) when you move to a new plant so you don't spread any potential disease (I know some gardeners that disinfect after each cut they make). Keep your pruner clean, oiled, and sharp. If it's a good one, it'll last you a life-time. Best of luck! 

2012-03-15T09:29:32.000Z

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Silly me, I thought I was signed in when I posted my reply to you (I spoke about being careful when checking your shrubs...). Signed in now. Sorry. Smile

2012-03-15T09:31:54.000Z

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