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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2004 8:07 pm 

Joined: Mon Jul 26, 2004 8:03 pm
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Hello everyone,

I hope someone can help my with this because I am stumped. My Chinese Fringe Flower (Plum Delight) hasyYellow leaves and I can't seem to figure out what is wrong. It gets good sunlight, plenty of water, and I have recently tried adding iron to the soil thinking it might either need iron or that the soil needed to be more acidic, but while I might have seen a BIT of color come back (there are purple leaves here and there), it is still mainly yellow.

Any help is much appreciated.

Thank you,
Dave Green

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2004 4:49 pm 

Joined: Tue Jul 13, 2004 9:25 pm
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Location: Maryland zone 7
Hi Dave,
Yellowing leaves is called chlorosis and can be caused by different things. The way the leaves yellow is important for diagnosis. Take a look at this site.

You might also find this interesting.

You may need to take a soil test.
Good luck,

When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.

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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2005 11:19 am 

Joined: Wed Jun 11, 2003 9:41 am
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Location: Dallas,TEXAS
I am curious about the website Newt recommends for chlorisis problems. Would Howard go along with drilling holes in the trunks of the plants??!!!! Seems to go against everything I have ever heard him say.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2005 2:17 pm 

Joined: Wed May 21, 2003 5:33 pm
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Location: Dallas,TX
Some of the prettiest speciments you can find of this are in front of W. T. White high school in north Dallas. The crazy part? They get almost no care. Just some compost once a year. A friend planted them about 3 years ago and they pretty much just grow on their own. Rain is their main source of water by far and they are beneath large oak trees so they are in partial sun conditions.

Mites are known to cause the yellowing. I suspect maybe you are watering them too much. Chlorosis often comes with the roots being overwhelmed by moisture - drowning, so to speak. Lay off and let them breathe a bit. Also too much Texas sun can be a culprit. The ones I see that are most happy get partial sun here. They also prefer a more acid pH but as we all know, well maintained soil with plenty of compost will alleviate that problem. I have seen advice to use them like an azalea, which is far too fussy a plant for me.

Hope this helps!
Kathe :D

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