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Q.Fukien Tea Tree Issues

Zone 32730 | jsscassfla added on September 2, 2020 | Answered

I’ve had my Fukien Tea tree for about 2 months now. It has been doing really good. Up until 7 days ago that is. Now the top of the tree is dying. Leaves are turning black. It is kept outside so gets plenty of sun. I am a beginner but trying. Should I cut that part off? Should I keep it and wait and see? Am dying to hear what you think.

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Answered on September 2, 2020

Keeping the soil moist is a good idea, but there are two things that will kill the tree. Dry soil, and sopping wet soil. The soil must not have a chance to dry out, completely. The soil must not remain wet, or pooling in the bottom, either.

Unfortunately, both can have a similar appearance. Making sure that the soil has drainage holes will be the best way to ensure that the soil cannot pool up with water.

Water until it comes out of the drainage hole and stop once it does. Make sure the soil is amended with organic matter. Compost mixed with potting soil will suffice, at the very least.

Here is an article that will help you to know what soil this will require:


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