The Q&A Archives: Caruba Black

Question: I purchased one of your Caruba Black plants from Louie's Nursery in Riversid and put it on my front porch which has a large overhang. It got some afternoon sun, and did okqy for the first week then the leaves seemed to be turning brown and shriviling up at the bottom of the plant. Because it has been so warm this past month I was watering it every other day. I have now moved it inside, next to a large back window and it gets filtered morning sun, but it still doesn't look that good. I have been watering from touch to keep the soil moist. Can you tell me what are the best conditions to keep this plant healthy? Can I plant it outside and if so where? How often should I water it, and fertilize it? I don't want to lose this lovely plant. It is in the original pot it came in. Please help.

Answer: I think your new plant suffered from sun scorch but it should recover. Caruba Black is frost tender and should be kept in a pot and given filtered sunlight outdoors during the summer months, then moved indoors when the weather begins to cool in the fall.

Keep soil moist and add a controlled release fertilizer (such as Miracle Gro) to the potting mix each spring, in amounts as recommended on the label. Remove dead or damaged leaves as required.

Best wishes with your new plant!

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