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Oakland, California
Foxwell
Aug 17, 2017 2:15 PM CST
Hello! I am a novice gardener and need some advice. About 3 weeks ago I planted a 5 gallon Solanum navidad, jelisco in a spot that gets about 2 hours of morning sun and then bright shade the rest of the day. I thoroughly amended the soil with compost and quality potting soil first, and set the drip irrigation to five days a week.

The plant was quite rootbound in its plastic container when I planted it. I cut away the plastic pot and tied it gently to the trellis.

Now three weeks later, the leaves are yellowing and developing brown spots (see attached photos). Does anyone know what could be causing this, and whether there is anything I can do to help it along?

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 17, 2017 2:52 PM CST
Welcome!

Two thoughts:

The root ball was so ingrown that its not able to break out of the original pot shape.

That's way too much water. But water may not be getting into the center of the root ball so not enough water. Smiling If its growing out of the rootball normally, watering 5 days a week will be too much. But water doesn't always manage to penetrate rootbound root balls.

The problem is that watering too much and watering too little look the same. As its been in the ground for only three weeks, I would gently dig it up and check to see what's up. It should have started making some progress on breaking out of the root ball by now so dig away from the plant.

If you discover plenty of escaping roots, water less. If the roots are still in a tight ball, try to loosen and gently pull them apart and replant. Than water less.
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Oakland, California
Foxwell
Aug 17, 2017 3:29 PM CST
Thank you Daisyl! Really appreciate this feedback. Will take your suggestion. I am guessing it's just too much water because I was able to loosen the root ball quite a bit when I planted it.

Thanks again!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 17, 2017 8:01 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.

Did you get it at Annie's? Great place full of cool plants. I used to go there when we lived in CA.
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

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Oakland, California
Foxwell
Aug 18, 2017 7:26 PM CST
Actually no, I got it at Ace Garden Center of all places. They actually have quite a nice selection. Annie's is great though - we got all our fruit trees there. :)

DaisyI said: I tip my hat to you.

Did you get it at Annie's? Great place full of cool plants. I used to go there when we lived in CA.


Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Aug 18, 2017 7:53 PM CST
Annie's is off limits for me. Just goes to show the Zone map problems. Her plants aren't ready when I need to plant, and every time I've bought from her, I no sooner get the plants in the ground, than we get a heat wave that fries them. I can find her plants at a couple local nurseries though. They have more controlled conditions than I do.

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