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omega2009
May 30, 2020 2:04 PM CST
I bought these from a grower that state the plants are 4 years old. I planted them in the ground outside where they get full sun. I live in Florida so its pretty sunny and hot and since these are tropical plants, I did not think they would mind the sun since my research showed that these do love full sun and humidity. However the leaves are starting to curl. I have checked the moisture of the soil around the plants and its damp, not saturated but damp and its my understanding that these like a damp soil when first planted. So any ideas to why they may be curling like this? Is it really due to to much sun?
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May 30, 2020 4:40 PM CST

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How often do you water it? It's best to "keep the soil evenly moist, but not drenched. Water the plant deeply one or two times a week, giving the soil time to dry out a little in between waterings."
Not sure if having that big chunky mulch right up against the plant stem is really a good idea.
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omega2009
May 30, 2020 5:24 PM CST
Calif_Sue said:How often do you water it? It's best to "keep the soil evenly moist, but not drenched. Water the plant deeply one or two times a week, giving the soil time to dry out a little in between waterings."
Not sure if having that big chunky mulch right up against the plant stem is really a good idea.


Not much as it's been raining daily, especially hard yesterday. I took your advice and moved the mulch and weed barrier back away from the plant. The soil is quite damp so hopefully it will dry out a bit. So you are thinking to much water is causing the meet curl?

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