Iron Deficiency in Shrubs? - Knowledgebase Question

Fort Worth, TX (Zone 7B)
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Question by cyndyandrews
April 25, 2006
I have a Crepe Myrtle shrubs and Sweet Olive shrubs that have leaves that are turning yellow with veins dark green. I am wondering if Miracle Grow (for acid-loving plants) will help. Could this be iron deficiency? My back yard is more rock than soil! I am having a hard time establishing anything to maturity when it comes to shrubs. Please advise!

Answer from NGA
April 25, 2006

It may well help fix that problem. If after a couple of weeks you see no improvement, try purchasing an iron chelate product or an iron supplement and follow label directions for application to the soil. Iron deficiency shows up a yellowing of new growth as opposed to older leaves farther down the stem. Often in mild cases the veins remain green as the remainder of the leaf turns yellow.

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