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Reading, UK
JennaB
Nov 24, 2017 1:38 PM CST
Hi,
We having been growing a stelitzia from seed for about 9 months. She has been growing well but in the past few days the tips of her leaves have started turning brown and shrivelling and I'm really worried she's dying Sad It's coming into the English winter so it could be the cold and reduced light though our home is reasonably well insulated and she is in a position where she gets the maximum amount of light available.
We're also not sure if we're watering her too much or too little. Giving her splash daily but the soil is quite moist at the moment and I'm scared to giver her more.

Please help!

Thanks!
Jenna

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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Nov 24, 2017 4:21 PM CST
Hi Jenna - The pot appears to be quite large for a young plant and the soil appears to be quite heavy, ie, lacking porosity. Both of those increase the chances of the soil staying too moist for too long and causing the fragile roots to rot.

Allow the top half inch of soil to become quite dry before adding just enough water so that it dries out again like that in about a week. Daily watering is not generally a good practice, especially if the soil is staying moist.

Provide as much sunlight and warmth as possible.
Will Creed
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Reading, UK
JennaB
Nov 24, 2017 4:54 PM CST
Thanks for the advice Will, I will do that. Fingers crossed she comes back to us alright.

Jenna

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