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Question: i have 2 mango trees, one is 3 yrs old never beared any fruit the other one is 2 years old and it beared fruit last year but the the leaves on this 2 year old mango tree are turning brown and does not look too healhty but the 3 year old mango tree leaves look good but it just isn't bearing any mangos at all. now for the plumbagos i bought and planted plumbagos in my yard while they were in season and for some reason they just did not do well at all they never seem to grow and they would shed thier blooms more than they were producing blooms and day by day they finally just died out. please advise.

Answer: Deborah,

Those are some challenging plant issues. The mango seems to be suffering from a root problem. It could be dry soil, burn from salt based fertilizers or physical damage to the roots. Since one tree is okay and the other is not and I suspect your care of them is similar I am at a loss as to why one is showing the problem. One possibility is that the planting hole of the first tree was glazed to create a problem with roots venturing out from the small, confined area. Thus the leaf symptoms showing lack of water. The only other suggestion is to consider how the particular planting sites and care might be different.

The plumbagos may have been suffering from soil moisture extremes or possibly nematodes in the soil. Your County Extension Office may be able to assist you in diagnosing these plant problems. With a sample in hand or at least some photos they would better be able to determine the specific causes. Good luck in getting to the bottom of this and sorry we could not be more specific in our assistance this time.

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