Myrtle Topiary With Dropping Green Leaves - Knowledgebase Question

Sunnyvale, CA
Question by kyhur
December 14, 2001
I have recently purchased two myrtle topiaries for indoors. They were placed near my bathroom sink with a skylight above. I water them every 3-4 days. However, green leaves drop quite a bit (about 8-15 leaves per day) on both. One has exposed branches with no leaves. Yet there are new growths on the top and I do not see any brown leaves (all dropped leaves are green). Recently, I sprayed the the plant to see if that helps but I don't see much improvement. I would appreciate any suggestions you may have.

Answer from NGA
December 14, 2001


It may be natural for your myrtles to lose their leaves this time of year, even though they're growing indoors. Here are some general pointers for topiary care: During the winter, most plants used as topiary will appreciate a cool, bright location with ample humidity. The soil should be kept moist but not sopping wet, and fertilizing should be reduced or stopped during the winter months. The plant will naturally slow its growth for the winter and pick up again in the spring. When this happens, fertilize more often according to the label instructions and increase the watering proportionately. When the plant is in active growth you will need to trim it back lightly but frequently to maintain the topiary shape.

A complete link to larger shrub topiary is found at

Best of luck with your topiaries!

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