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Question: Ligustro in pot
This winter, my little privet (small ball-shaped tree) has lost all its leaves. Now he is struggling with some new leaves, but many branches are dry.
Apart from having lost the form (patience, indeed I don't care about it) the trouble is that I'm afraid of losing him! What should I do? could it be useful to remove it from the jar and put it on the ground? or should I fertilize?
Thank you very much for your attention, best regards.
Answer: Pot in privet
the privets are small saplings or large shrubs, belonging to the family of oleaceae, present in Italy even in the wild; they have semi evergreen foliage, that is, in areas with a mild winter climate they tend to remain evergreen, when instead the winter climate becomes stiff, they lose all or most of the foliage; the winter of 2011-2012 was very harsh in Italy, so it doesn't surprise me that your privet has lost its leaves; it seems rather strange that they have not already sprouted in April, perhaps your plant is in a shady position, and therefore its vegetative growth is only a little late. If you want your privet to develop at its best, and that it becomes a garden plant, which does not need any care, then I suggest you place it in the open ground, also because in this way, besides developing in a more natural way, it will not be necessary water it and cure it, as it happens for the plant placed in a vase. In the open ground the privets, after being obviously developed for a couple of years, prove to be very vigorous and rustic shrubs, and do not fear cold and heat, and generally tend to be satisfied with the water supplied by rainfall; occasionally they may need to be pruned after spring flowering to keep the hair compact.
If, on the other hand, you want to keep it in a pot, it would certainly be advisable to move it to a larger container, or repot it, changing all the soil, using excellent universal soil, lightened with a little pumice pear; after repotting, sprinkle a handful of slow-release granular fertilizer on the ground, which will melt with each watering; while the specimens grown in the open ground are satisfied with the rains, those planted in pots must be watered in the summer, especially in hot and dry periods; they endure short periods of drought, even in pots, but after a few days completely dry, the foliage tends to turn downwards and lose turgidity, and therefore the shrub must be watered.