Podocarpus tree - Knowledgebase Question

Miami, Fl
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Question by ilemaries7
March 14, 2009
I live in Florida and I bought (6) podocarpus trees. Small/Med size. I planted them using good soil and on the third week the leaves started to get brown and they are all dying. I guess they have a desease that dries them out. Any suggestions for when I buy in the future?

Answer from NGA
March 14, 2009
I'm surprised to hear about the problem with your podocarpus. These trees grow well in your region, adapt to many different soil types and are drought tolerant once established. They can suffer from root rot if the soil is kept too wet, though. This might be the case if you watered more often than once a week or if they are near a lawn or flower bed that is watered frequently. Symptoms of root rot are browning foliage. Before giving up on your trees, try pruning a few of the branches back and look for live wood. If the center of the branch is green it indicates live tissue and hope that the tree will recover. If you find green tissue, encourage the trees by watering deeply only once each week and wait for new leaves to emerge. Let's hope you caught the problem in time!

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