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Question: I have two Fika trees in large planters 2 1/2 feet high x 31 inches across. They are approx 5 years old.Hve always had shinny dark green leaves. Presently they are dropping leaves that are turning yellow. I have just put fertilizer on them. One has also gotten some type of growth outcropping on the truck Can I or should I try to cut them off. Thanks for help and suggestions.

Answer: David,

I apologize for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

Yellow leaves are a sign of either dry soil or soggy wet soil conditions. Dig down a few inches and feel the soil to see if it needs to be watered or allowed to dry out a bit. You may need to take a photo of that growth to your County Extension Office and see if they can identify the problem and if necessary prescribe an appropriate remedy.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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