Brown on stems

missschultzJanuary 26, 2013

Wondering what could be causing this. My AV's are in terracotta pots. They are growing fantastically, but where the stems of the eaves touch the edge of the pots, they go brown, and eventually fall off at that point. Any idea what is causing this?

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daniel.edmondson

it is salt from the fertilizer burning the plant. terracotta is very pores it quickly pulls water from the potting mix along with fertilizer as the water evaporates the fertilizer is deposited on the lip of the pot. If you look at your pot I think you will find a whitish powder starting to build up. that is why most people plant in plastic pots.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 11:10AM
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missschultz

I've only fed them once but you are absolutely right as there is white on the pot. You really do learn something new every day. Is there a solution or do I need to repot into plastic?

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 2:10PM
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terrilou

You can cover the rims with a strip of aluminum foil. This was a common practice among AV growers before plastic pots became widely available & mostly replaced clay.

Terri

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 10:43AM
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