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Question: I am on my second Little John Plant. The first died and this one is starting to lose its green color and the leaves are coming off, also. I've pulled it out of the ground and put it in a pot, thinking that the poison used in killing a tree root, might have seeped into this area, being that is 10 feet away, but happened 4 yrs. ago.
The nursery owner said that I might have

Answer: I think you're overwatering your plant. Callistemon Little John provides all of the interest in a small package. The leaves and stature are reduced. The flowers, aside from being a deeper red are the same. They attract hummingbirds like almost no other plant. And they require almost no care. A little water keeps them looking much better, though they will come back from extreme drought shock. Callistemon Little John is frost hardy into the low 20's. Try this: allow the soil to dry out to the point that it begins to pull away from the edges of the container. When that happens, set the pot in a deep saucer of water and allow the soil to drink up as much water as it will in 2-3 hours. Remove the saucer so the soil can drain. Then wait until the soil begins to pull away from the sides of the pot before watering again. I think this will do the trick for you.

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