Eugenia Topiary

katie2April 4, 2002

Hi I just recently acquired a eugenia topiary...I am un sure of how to care for my new acquisiton. It is a double ball and the bottom ball seems to be much more sparse than the top-how can I get it to fill out? How do I trim it, i.e. pinching the leaves or pruning? How much water should it have and I noticed that when i lift up the moss that covers the soil little tiny bugs that look like fruit flies fly up...should i be concerned about this?

Thanks so much for your help!

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hi katie, since it doesn't look like you've gotten a follow-up yet, i'll try to answer as much as i can.(although I've never seen a eugenia (can't find it in any of my books,) but the small flies could be fungus gnats (their larve feed on the plants roots), don't quote me on this. could be the soil is staying too wet for too long a time. try letting it dry out some before watering it again thouroughly. but since I don't know much about eugenia, I wouldn't let it get to the point of wilting. You could even try taking the moss cover off for a while. if you want the moss to stay green, keep it moist and in a cool place out of direct sun.(moss usually grows best with northern exposure). I don't usually put moss on top of soil unless it's a clay pot, although it looks great, it seems to smother the plant and cause other problems. if that doesn't seem to work fast enough you could try drenching the soil with a fungicide. (NOT THE MOSS). ask a knowledgeble clerk at your local garden center about the care of eugenia and those problems, or ask to see the manager if that person doesn't seem to know. since I'm not familar with the plant in question, i won't reccomend any particular product. just be sure to read the entire label and follow the diretions. good luck. as to thickening up the bottom ball, (and keeping the top one looking good too) you could trim it up some, keeping it in a ball shape, or pinch the growing tips (new growth) between two leaves. Be brave, sometimes a little ruthless. it'll grow back somewhere else, (if it's still green) and keep any growth off the stem (trunk) in-between the two balls. By the way, hope it's doing better by now? i'll check back soon. bren P.S. ask about fertilizing it too.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2002 at 1:56AM
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I also have a Eugenia Topiary that is doing well. It is outside in a container (zone 6) and I'll bring it inside for the winter. The optimum temperature for Eugenia is about 70-80 degrees. It seems to enjoy medium to bright light but no direct sun. I believe that the Eugenia is in the same family as myrtle, but am not positive. I'll try to look bit farther for you. I do know thatEugenia resists change, so give it as even an existence as possible

    Bookmark   September 8, 2002 at 4:20PM
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I have acquired a 10" Eugenia Topiary it is currently planted in my front yard concern is that winter is rapidly approaching.....where I live the temperature can easily reach -30 degress celcius....what do I do to protect my tree from the winter weather...any help or advise will be very much appreciated

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 9:09PM
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I have a pair of Eugenia double-ball topiaries flanking my front door. It is a location that does not get much direct sun, if any. I now realize that one side of the door tends to get more light than the other and those plants (I also have lamium planted in the containers with the Eugenia) are doing much better than the side that does not get as much light.

Although I've read that the Eugenia will tolerate low light, the side getting more light is growing nicely, getting larger, etc., and the other has not changed much. It's frustrating, because I'd like a symmetric look around the door. My latest concern is with the dropping of leaves... the side that is not getting as much light has begun to drop its leaves. Is this most always a cause of not enough water or could it be caused by too much? The lower ball is really looking skimpy now that the leaves are dropping and I'm afraid I'll never get it to catch up. Any ideas? Fertilizer?

    Bookmark   June 16, 2007 at 12:09AM
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I brought my Eugenia in for the winter. I am storing it in my garage. Does this plant go dormant for the winter. I have been watering on a monthly basis since I took it in the garage. The leaves are brown at this time. I live in CT and the winters are below freezing. Thanks for you help.
Regards, Al Canosa

    Bookmark   November 30, 2007 at 8:38AM
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I have two eugenia topiaries and on the top ball of one of the plants to leaves turned all brown and fell off - the rest of the plant looks great - will this area fill in again? please help as I love these plants

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 10:30PM
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Did the top ball ever fill back in for you? I have the same problem. Two topiaries flanking my entrance and the top ball of one is brown, but the rest of it is still lush. I've watered them the same, so I guess one has received more sun and dried out.


    Bookmark   September 18, 2008 at 10:43PM
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Tina, have you tried trimming away all the brown bits of the one that appears dead? It may take awhile, but it could grow back in.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2008 at 10:57AM
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I have two 5 foot Eugenia topiaries. One received more sun then the other and definitely grew bigger. They required TONS of water. Besides that, they did great here in CT during the summer. I have now moved them indoors to a situation with much less light. They both have begun to drop green leaves. Could be adjusting to indoors, too much water or too little water...not sure. Has anyone had success moving these plants indoors for the winter?

    Bookmark   October 13, 2008 at 9:32PM
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    Bookmark   May 25, 2011 at 4:30PM
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Attn: June Patton
The little white fuzzy balls are not harmful. They are small white flowers which are followed by edible rose-purple fruit.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2011 at 3:08PM
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Attn: June Patton
The little white fuzzy balls are not harmful. They are small white flowers which are followed by edible rose-purple fruit.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2011 at 10:16PM
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This highly ornamental plant is very suitable for formal gardens and flanking entrance ways. Sometimes called "Australian Brush-Cherry," it is a vigorous evergreen, compact shrub with vivid red leaves when young, later changing to shining green. Fluffy white flowers followed by red berries

    Bookmark   August 24, 2011 at 2:58AM
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