Recently Planted Heather Turning Brown

Question From: Cedar Park, Texas, United States
Q: Received a heather plant as a gift. Did not water for a couple of days. Planted and watered and a week later it seems to be turning brown. Is it dead? It still has buds on it.

A: Cut off a branch and look for live wood. Heather needs moderately moist soil. A moisture meter, available at garden centers, at big box stores in the house plant section, and online at, will help you figure out when to water. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy