The Q&A Archives: Yellowing Ice Plant

Question: We have a slope covered with apple-blossom ice plant. It is yellow in color instead of green. We think it is due to the fact that it is not getting enough of the right nutrients, but are not sure what we need to feed it. We have tried blood meal, but it is still yellow looking. What can we do to make this bank look green again?

Answer: Ice Plant should be fed after bloom and again in the fall. Your Ice Plant may need more nitrogen than it's getting from the blood meal, which might indicate the soil fertility is really poor. Try increasing the rate to 30 pounds per 1,000 square feet of garden bed and see if that doesn't help green things up a bit.

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