Candytuft - leaves turning yellow

allandale(3b)September 2, 2009

I sowed evergreen candytuft in early summer in a soil-less, well-drained medium . It has been blooming for several weeks and appeared healthy but in the last week the lower leaves on a couple of plants have started turning yellow. I haven't fertilized or changed the watering routine and the other plants in the bed are doing fine. Other beds have had fungus problems due to a wet, cold August but those problems all showed up much sooner. Anyone have suggestions? It would be much appreciated.

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oilpainter(3)

Candytuft is a spring blooming plant and should be cut back after flowering. I don't think anything is wrong with the plant but that it is going into dormancy

    Bookmark   September 2, 2009 at 11:00PM
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allandale(3b)

Actually the species I planted is supposed to bloom 2x..spring and late summer so I don't think it's quite ready for shearing back. Everything I've read says the evergreen foliage should stay that way through winter. The yellowing makes me think there's something wrong with my watering routine even though it hasn't changed. The books, etc. don't seem to agree on the amount of moisture it needs. Can you tell me what has worked for you? Thanks, I appreciate the tips.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2009 at 11:08AM
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ontnative(5b Can/USDA 4)

Evergreen candytuft is a shrubby Mediterranean plant, I believe, so maybe it is just getting too much water and not enough sun.

Here is a link that might be useful: Iberis/candytuft

    Bookmark   September 6, 2009 at 11:46AM
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