Help me diagnose Mircale Fruit problem

MerlinMerlinJune 2, 2014

Hi guys,
I planted a Synsepalum dulcificum (mircale fruit) from seed some years ago.
It's been doing ok even if every winter some leaves fall and the growth stop until summer.
Although this years, new leaves stay small and really pale while spot of rust/discoloration is appearing on old leaves.

Soil : 50% peat moss / 50% perlite
Water : I let tap water sit for 24H
Fertilizer : none

I'll be happy to provide any more information if needed.
Any help is really appreciated.

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Why no fertilizer?
Would def green up those pale leaves and help the plant thrive.


    Bookmark   June 2, 2014 at 5:06PM
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flatwoods_farm(9A Riverview, F)

iron or nitrogen would help

    Bookmark   June 2, 2014 at 6:03PM
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Would 20-20-20 be ok?

    Bookmark   June 2, 2014 at 8:54PM
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Most tap water is at the least neutral PH and oftentimes much higher. Start using rain water instead. They are acid lovers. Using Sequestrene 138 can help. This is an iron chelate.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2014 at 6:51PM
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I started using rain water a week or so before i made this post. After almost a month, I still see no sign of recovery. I just bought a PH tester+PH down bottle over internet so we'll see how it goes after adjusting PH to 5.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 7:58PM
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Hi Merlin - et-al
i got one a couple of months ago

it doesnt seem to be growing a bit.
how much sun do you give yours ?

I am trying to figure PH / water out now
cant always give it rain water, but, i can let my water sit out and add a drop or 2 of vinegar.
(raw apple cider vinegar)

I understand lemon juice is more stable
and is good for chelating calcium.

also, ascorbic acid (which i have) buffered vitamin C

any ideas which one is best ?

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 9:53AM
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It looks like iron chlorosis or nitrogen deficiency.
They do need a fertilizer routine since they are going to use up whats in the pot and it needs replaced.
Good luck

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 11:10AM
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Ok thanks mr. greendumb
but do you think those deficiency could be caused by wrong PH witch led to a bad assimilation of nutrients?
Also what fertiliser would you recommend?

This post was edited by MerlinMerlin on Tue, Jun 10, 14 at 14:50

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 12:21PM
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steiconi(12a-Big Island, HI)

acidic soil can reduce nitrogen uptake.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 5:33AM
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