Jatropha
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Jatropha tree health

Zone Palm Harbor, Florida 34683 | Gardener55 added on March 6, 2017 | Answered

My Jatropha tree was planted a year ago and is living and blooming, but it has practically no leaves, and those it has are light green. Can you tell me if it is lacking in a nutrient? When first planted, it had a lot of leaves that dropped off shortly after planting, and it has never regrown them.

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Alisma
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Answered on March 7, 2017

It sounds like your tree suffered from transplant shock after it was planted. Here is more about this common problem:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/learn-how-to-avoid-and-repair-transplant-shock-in-plants.htm

As for the light green leaves, those could be caused by insufficient light, deficiency of nitrogen or other nutrients, or overwatering. Adding some fertilizer could help. Make sure the soil is well-drained, because this plant does not do well in poorly drained or heavy clay conditions.

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