Planted approx 12years ago the the bush has suddenly turning green all over. It is also straggly at about 1.2m tall. can I cut down to 0.5m
Choisya ternata "Sundance" is a hybrid with yellow leaves that needs full sun. As with many shrubs and vines bred to have leaves other than their natural green, they sometimes revert back to the original green. Normally these stems are pruned out annually to keep them from dominating. At this point, cutting back a green-leaved stem will not convert new leaves on that stem to yellow. You can remove all green leaved stems and see what comes in or you can replace the plant. One other possibility is severe nutrient deficiency. If you feed the shrubs or put down compost every year or so, this cause of leaf greening is unlikely.
Where to put Choysia Sundance and when to plant?
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Hi, I've had a Mexican orange blossom for about three years and it never really took; scant flowering and always lack luster. It is not the Sundance variety (unless mislabeled from nursery). I've tried fertilizing (not overly so, I think) using Iron-tone and Holly-tone. I've checked solid pH and rerouted a downspout nearby in case she was drowning... any other thoughts or what am I doing wrong? The top growth is pale yellow, periodically with light brown hues. See attached images... please and thank you. Hope all is well.. Tim
It does appear to have sustained damage from overwatering at some point. This looks to have led to an infection!
I would recommend using fungicides until you notice that it starts to appear healthy. Once it shows signs of clearing up, you can stop the fungicide use.
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I recently fed it with an ericacious feed as it looked so pale. this seems to have made it worse.
It looks like powdery mildew. Did you have it last summer or fall, too? If so, the fungal spores overwintered and all it takes is one warm, damp day to spring it back to life. Neem oil can help or some home remedies. Here is more:
I have a large planter to match other in the front of mu house. I put quality soil in bottom, manure 2-4 inches then soil for 2 foot. After two months planter Choiysa to match other side but they all dropped leaves and died, planter has good drainage. Other has thrived fantastically. Please help
Perhaps the environmental conditions out front are different from the second planter. They should be growing in full sun in acidic soil. You may need to add some peat moss to the planter for more acidity.
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This shrub was established a few years ago dark green leaves and masses of flowers with fragrance Plant a Red Robin along side it last year Suggestions please
Yellowing can be a sign of under or overwatering, lack of nutrients, inadequate soil pH, disease or insects.
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