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SaveThePlantae
Nov 27, 2016 5:04 PM CST
I've had this small, indoor Euonymous tree since July 2016. It was purchased from a reputable nursery nearby.

However, a month or so after moving it into my dorm (September 2016), it began struggling. On one side of the tree, leaves were drying out. So, I moved it out of the windowsill (for fear that the cold may be bothering it), and into a slightly shaded area under my grow light.

And still, the problem worsened. So, I tried looking up the symptoms and couldn't find much. I did find articles about scorch though, and I upped my watering from 1/week, to 2x/week plus spritzing with a spray bottle every other day. Still, it continued to worsen.

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I left my plant at school over Thanksgiving break. I gave it a thorough watering, and then left it on its own for four days. When I came back, the bark had turned white over most of the tree.

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It's soft and dry, and when I scratched it gently with a dull nail, it ripped off.

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Help? Can I save my tree, and what is wrong with it?
Name: Sue
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sooby
Nov 28, 2016 7:28 AM CST
Welcome! In the top picture the potting mix looks very wet. Was it this wet when the problem started? Is there any drainage in its pot?

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