Dying Eugenia Topiary - Please Help!

shrubbsJuly 15, 2007

I have a problem with my Eugenia topiary. I bought it at a Home Depot a few weeks ago and it seemed to be fine. However, when I was repotting the plant, I noticed a lot of centipedes, so I took the plant and washed down the roots and dirt leaving only the roots exposed but I quickly repotted it using potting soil into a smaller pot than the one it originally came with. It seemed to be doing fine, until now. The leaves are shriveling and falling off, and I seem to be loosing the bottom tier/ball. Is there anything I can do to save it?

I really don't know what I'm doing wrong

Could it be the centipedes and I haven't noticed any centipedes at all, and I'm not sure if I might be overwatering it? Or if the pot is too small? (just a note, the pot its in does not have a drainage hole)

Thank you

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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

If this is in time: if there aren't any drain holes there still has to be some sort of 'drainage' provision. This may mean a deep layer of pebbles.

If you root-pruned as well as removed the centipedes - it helps to reduce the amount of foliage as well so the leaves aren't losing water quicker than the reduced roots can supply it.

If there's no drainage - it could be drowning. Insufficient air, soggy soil, rotting roots - especially if the bugs were feasting on the roots and left open wounds there.

They aren't great in fierce and direct sun. They'll drop leaves. And they drink heaps - so reliable water will be needed.

For the pot - allow an inch all round between the root ball and the rim of the new pot. Allow a couple of inches underneath the present root ballfor fresh mix to grow down into, and a minimum of half an inch between the top of the soil and the rim of the pot.

And excellent drainage: if there's only one hole in the pot then it must be not less than an inch across. If you have it in plastic then be sure to have plenty of holes in the bottom of the pot. At least six at about three-eighths across.

If you want to use a cache pot then put the actual planting pot inside the cache on feet or a layer of pebbles so the pot never sits in stagnant water. A little water in the bottom of the cache will improve the local humidity for the plant but you don't want it staying there long enough tp either go green or smell.

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