Brown Tips on Leaves of Myrtlewood Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Valparaiso, IN
Question by oto
August 15, 1998
I have a myrtlewood tree that is seven years old and 17" tall in a 12" pot. Every other month as it produces a pair of new leaves the previous leaves turn brown and dry at the tips. What am I doing wrong?


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Answer from NGA
August 15, 1998

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Usually, brown leaf tips indicate a moisture problem - either too much or too little. If your mytlewood is Myrtus communis, the common myrtle, which is native to the Mediterranean region, it thrives in a warm area with low humidity and a soil that drains well, yet has enough organic matter to hold adequate moisture. If the soil in the pot drains too well and lacks organic matter, repot the plant in a potting soil that is richer in peat or compost. On the other extreme, if the soil holds too much moisture, the roots won't draw water efficiently, since a balance of air and moisture is what roots need to function properly. In this case, repot in a soil with added vermiculite and some sand to promote better drainage. I hope this makes the difference - if not, please visit us again.

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