Hong Kong Orchid Tree - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by cherihauser6
May 26, 2010
Phoenix area, hong kong orchid tree leaves turning brown, no flowers, concerned about water and ferilizer requirements.

Answer from NGA
May 26, 2010


Hong Kong Orchid trees generally grow well in the Valley of the Sun. They need a deep soaking once or twice a week, depending upon weather. Fertilizer can be applied in the spring (use a slow release 10-10-10 or similar complete fertilizer). Browning leaf edges can indicate too much water or a salt burn. Try making a watering basin or watering well beneath the tree by mounding up a few inches of soil in a circle all around the tree, about 12" away from the trunk of the tree. Fill the basin with water, allow to drain, then fill a second time. This method of watering will concentrate the moisture directly over the root mass and allow it to trickle down, wetting the entire root system. It will also help to flush out excessive salts. Do this once or twice a week and your tree should begin to perk up. Hope it flowers for you soon!

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