Acca Sellowians Pineapple Guava - Excessive leaf drop

clwy41April 28, 2009

I planted two of these 3.5ft tall Pineapple Guava shrub 2 days ago, one on SE side and one on the E (backyard) about 10 ft apart. Both gets more than 8 hours of sunlight per day. However, one of them starts dropping leaves excessively. Now almost 100 in 2 days! The weather had been abnormally cold (40F)then abnormally warm (90F) in the past week. Also the area used to be a lawn so I put some natural sulphur before planting. Is the leaf drop a stress signal or because my soil is clayish at the bottom of the root ball? I used organic matter for the hole, watered adquately but no fertilizer after planting. It is a torture to count the fallen leaves every hour. I hope I'm not losing it because it's such a beautiful shrub! Any help is great appreciately.

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Here in Texas because of the gumbo soil we have to make sure we also dig a drain line into the soil away from the plant so that the water has a place to go besides the plant. This is filled also with the amended soil Because the soil around the plant will hold all the water if you don't create a way for the water to run off it just stays around the roots of the plant. Of course this is a guess as I am unable to check the soil, but this would be my guess.

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