The Q&A Archives: Bower Vines

Question: I have two pink bower vines that have been in for a year. They flowered great this summer. The problem is that at the beginning of September the leaves began to turn yellow and became hard. I fertilized and wonder if I may have overfertilized them! What can I do?

Answer: Glorybower, or Clerodendrum, need rich, loose soil with good drainage, and plenty of water during the growing season. Most are evergreen, with the exception of C trichontomum (Harlequin Glorybower), which loses its leaves during the autumn. If yours is the evergreen kind, you may have overfertilized. Try flooding the soil repeatedly to remove excessive amounts of salts which could burn the roots and turn the leaves a crispy brown. If yours is the deciduous kind, yellowing and eventually falling of the leaves is normal.

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