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Q.leaves of shade plant turning completely brown an falling off.

Zone 01096 | lynneannpaterson added on May 27, 2018 | Answered

I repotted several houseplants with a mixture of topsoil and compost. Within a few days the leaves of one (fatsia japonica) turned brown and fell off. The other – a white flag plant – is showing the same signs of distress. I’m not sure if it’s because the plant got too much water (I put them outside in the rain after repotting) OR if the soil had too much compost and the plants are now over fertilized.

What can I add to amend the soil?
Would sprinkling on a little lime help?
Is there something I can do besides repotting again. I don’t have another mix of soil.

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Answered on May 28, 2018

You definitely don't want to put rick soil in these. And they, more than likely, received too much rain as well. Unfortunately, your only option may be repotting in a mis of potting soil, and only 1/3 of this should be a mix of compost. 2 parts soil to 1 part compost.

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