Older leaves browning & curling , new growth fine? Whats going on

redraif(8)August 6, 2010

I have a young Crimson Queen I bought this spring. I noticed his new growth is fine, but his older leaves are borwning at the tips and curling. Is he just in need of more water?

I had one die of water overload last year due to bad drainage. I redid the bed corectly and replaced him with this guy, so I'm trying to be careful. Maybe I'm being to conservative this time. The other 2 jap. maples are ok, but they were bought last year.

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gardengal48

Initially, the symptoms of overwatering and underwatering are nearly identical. Underwatering of newly or recently planted plants tends to be a very common issue and if you are certain any previous drainage problems have been correctly addressed, then I'd lean to the plant just needing more water. But I'd want to be very certain of good drainage before I leapt to that conclusion :-)

Less frequent but quite deep, thorough watering is more beneficial than frequent light watering.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2010 at 12:28PM
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redraif(8)

What is the best way to check my moisture level? I don't want to fall into last years trap!

    Bookmark   August 9, 2010 at 8:50AM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Insert index finger to the second knuckle inside the rootball. If hot or dry, water. If cool or moist you're good.

tj

    Bookmark   August 9, 2010 at 6:31PM
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