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Algorfa Spain
May 19, 2020 12:31 AM CST
I have three Schefflera plants growing in pots side by side unfortunatly on one of them I have noticed that the leaves have started to droop
I use a hydrometer to ensure I do not overwater or underwater and two of the plants are fine but just this one has the problem
I enclose a picture of the plant but can anybody offer advice please
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Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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May 19, 2020 12:37 AM CST
If all three are planted in the same soil, they all should grow the same. So the sick one is probably over or under watered. Moisture meter probes, are not accurate and will give mis-reading. I have not seen one yet that was good enough to give accurate readings. Use your finger to feel when the top inch is dry before watering and then water until you get just a little water to drain out of the pot.
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Algorfa Spain
May 19, 2020 1:24 AM CST
Thanks for that If I get the watering correct do you think that the plant will recover?
Name: Will Creed
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May 19, 2020 8:48 AM CST
Welcome! Please post a photo that shows the entire plant.

Do you keep it inside or outside?
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Algorfa Spain
May 19, 2020 11:17 AM CST
They are kept outside in the shade all afternoon and evening but partial sun in the morning
We live in Spain on the sothern costa blanca
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Name: tarev
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May 19, 2020 11:34 AM CST
Those are lovely Scheffleras. Lovey dubby Typically I water thoroughly once a week my Scheffleras. If it gets into the warm to hot temps period, then I may have to do it twice a week. That would be when temps start to go into the 90F(32C ) range and higher.

I looked at your prevailing temps, looks comfortably warm at daytime and overnights are not bad. They are outdoors, so it will have good dry out time and ventilation. So if it were mine, I would improve watering. At least once a week thoroughly till you see water exit the drain holes, make sure to empty those drip trays. Nice to know your location is coastal, that really helps cool down your plants as well as the shade from your garden.
Algorfa Spain
May 19, 2020 11:37 PM CST
Thanks tarev appreciated Thank You!

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