El Cajon, Ca
|After blooming and leafing out the tree is beautiful. Then the tree drops the blooms and shortly after each leaf. This happens about twice a year. Most of the year the tree looks awful. What does the tree need to hold the leaves longer?
|Answer from NGA
July 7, 2010
|What you describe is not at all normal. Check to make sure insects are not compromising the health of your tree - aphid feeding is common on Hong Kong Orchid trees and their feeding can cause the leaves to curl and die. If you find no insects, look for spores of fungal diseases. Once you've ruled out those too possibilities, check the watering schedule and soil drainage. Your tree should be watered deeply twice a week in the hot summer months and once a week when the weather cools. Keeping the soil too moist can cause root rot; too dry can dessicate the leaves. I hope this informations helps you determine just what's going on with your tree.
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