Sea Grape Leaves Dying in Bud

Shaun83November 30, 2013

I've been growing a couple of sea grapes indoors in a sunny window here in PA for the last two years. They have done very well - until about six months ago. They grow leaf buds, and whether small or large, they fail to open. Some of them have just been sitting, not opening, for many weeks. Others have slowly turned black - then a new bud tries to grow off the dying one, until it too dies and turns black.

There is no symptom of disease or insects other than this problem. The only thing I can think of is that the roots may be getting crowded - could that cause the leaves to die in the bud? Of course, this is normally not a house plant, so I haven't been able to find any references to something like this online.

I'd be grateful for any explanation.

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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

You might want to go on the Florida forum although this is a native outdoor plant for that warm zone.

Is it possible it's a problem with humidity? (not enough)

What I read on google sites, the sea grape is easily sprouted directly into the earth so if it grows roots that easily you might be right about the potted roots being crowded. If it can't easily form the smaller water absorbing
rootlets it might not be getting enough moisture both above and below the soil.

Another thing, is the window site any sunnier than in previous years (loss of a tree or hard trimmed shrub)?

    Bookmark   December 3, 2013 at 3:22PM
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