I have a very large Eugenia bush on the street verge of my home - Port Elizabeth. Which is the best time to cut it right down again? I have done it once before and within 3 months it looked less like a dead skeleton. It is at least 3 - 4 meters high.
It is really hard to go wrong when it comes to pruning eugenia bushes as they can withstand severe prunings. If you want a tight manicured appearance you would opt for regular pruning throughout the year. For a more loose appearance, you would prune in the spring after it flowers and then again in the fall.
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We had about seven Eugenias planted 3'apart last spring and were hoping they would grow together to make a privacy screen. So far they are just growing taller and only slightly fuller. Should we top them to make them grow wider?
Do you know the variety you planted?
Proper planting is also important. Digging the hold wide enough for the roots to go out, not just down is important.
You should be able to prune the plants and take down the heights of the plants. Getting them to grow out 1 1/2 feet each side should happen over time with proper planting, soil conditions and fertilizing.
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Several of my new planted eugenia plants have developed bumps on the new leaves. How should I treat this? Thanks!
What do the bumps look like, how big are they and what color are they? Are they on the top-side or under-side of the leaves? Do you see any signs of an insect infestation?
There are a few possibilities. It could be eugenia psyllid.
or it could be a leaf gall:
I would need more information or a photograph for a more positive identification.
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I planted six Eugenia bushes this past October. They were about 6 ft at the time. They are now about 9 ft and 10 ft. I want them to grow into a tall edge. Is it okay to trim them now or in the fall? I wanted to trim them about 6" or 8" but I am told to leave them alone until it's been at least a year since they were planted. I need to know if I can trim them now during spring. I am unable to send any pictures. Thanks in advance for your help. GranyGZ@aol.com
For a natural looking hedge you can prune once in spring, right after flowering and then again in the fall.
If you want a tight and formal hedge, pruning takes place year round, it is generally 6 prunes.
What outdoor temperatures can a Eugenia topiary sustain? I live in north central Indiana.
You will need to winter over the plant in an indoor area. They cannot tolerate temperatures below 25 degrees F.
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What causes curling leaves on eugenia, and what can be done to stop it?
Leaf curl can be a symptom of insufficient or inconsistent watering, possibly made worse by high temperatures. Try watering more deeply and on a schedule and see if that makes a difference. Root problems or a too-small pot (if it is in a pot) could also be a culprit.
Another possibility is insect damage. Psyllids and scale insects can cause leaf curling. In this case you would also see other signs of an infestations, such as small bumps or white or black patches developing on the leaves, or you would see the actual insects. Here is more information:
Is the Eugenia Topiary tree poison to pets when you bring it inside?
Through my research, I cannot find anything on the toxicity of the plant... It is always best to assume that the plant is toxic when you aren't sure. As long as you can keep the plant from where animals and children cannot get to it, you will be ok.