Japanese Maples forum→Red Dragon Looks Bad, please help!

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mhocalate
May 20, 2020 5:29 PM CST
Was doing relatively OK and then recently leaf tips started turning brown and drying out. Now getting worse. Anyone have any ideas what could cause this.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 20, 2020 7:57 PM CST
Is the pot draining well? Is the pot big enough to keep the soil damp? Is the pot big enough to keep the roots cool? How long have you had it?
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mhocalate
May 21, 2020 9:38 AM CST
Thank you for the reply!
Drainage is decent but could be better. Pot is rather large so should be enough to keep soil damp but I had a recent fungus gnat infestation so I covered the soil in sand and it was difficult to tell how damp/dry the soil was. Roots should be relatively cool, it's in a shady location, but it did get into the 90's here recently (although it got no direct sun during that time).
Had it for about 4 or 5 months. No problems until recently.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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DaisyI
May 21, 2020 2:41 PM CST
Fungus gnats are only present when the soil is staying too wet. Covering the soil with sand is going to slow down the drying process. Remove the sand so you can check the soil than keep it damp, not wet.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
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