Guava Plant Bending Brown Leaves No Growth Spotted

GoldenTurtleAugust 17, 2013


I am newbie and sorry If I am posting it wrongly. I purchased 2 Guava plants from a local nursery 2 month back and planted it in rainy season. 1 plant is showing good growth and new leaves can be seen on it. Other plant is not growing. Instead of growing, it's leaves are bending down and turning brown. New leaves which were present at the time of planting are also dying. It is raining with a 2-3 days interval since planting.

Initially I thought it could be due to termites and I applied an organic termite killer two times with the interval of 7 days.

I am posting the picture here. Since planting it is looking same as shown in the picture.

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Why would it be termites? They only eat dead wood, not living plants.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 11:47AM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Likely has a root problem of some sort.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 1:30PM
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How to identify the problem and what should be the solution?

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 11:09PM
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Try posting in the linked forum. There are more growers in your climate and growing tropical and subtropical fruits like guava...

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 10:39AM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Doubt anything mysterious going on. It looks dry.

Have you watered it?

Even if so, have you checked the moisture content of the original rootball?
Water at the football more often than the surrounding soil.

If the rootball and the surrounding area are both adequately moist, was the rootball disrupted and/or broken at planting?

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 1:04PM
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@Jean001a : it is raining since we planted it so it is being watered almost everyday. I believe the rootball was broken at the time of planting. Will it regain it's strength again if that happened?

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 10:42AM
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@melikeeatplants : thanks for the link. I just posted the issue on that forum as well :)

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 10:47AM
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my guess is it is drowning. One thing I learned recently is the teacup effect of a freshly planted tree or bush. water will easily penetrate into the hole you dug and stay super soggy in that loose soil.

I don't have a solution to saving it at this point, pure guess work would be to remove some leaves so the severely damaged root system has less to try to support.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 10:52AM
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