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Asked by
susanf615 on
August 8, 2015

Q. jatropha multifida’s leaves turning yellow and dropping off

My jatropha multifida’s leaves are turning yellow and dropping off! Help!!

Answered by
shelley on
August 10, 2015
Certified Expert
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Here is an article that will help you diagnose the reason behind your leaves turning yellow:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/plant-leaves-turn-yellow.htm

Happy gardening!

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Asked by
Chrislong912 on
July 8, 2016

Q. coral bush

I live in Baltimore, Maryland, and I recently purchased a coral bush/Jatropha multifida. It’s rather small and just a baby. It was shipped bare root and I’ve been told to start it in a one gallon pot and it will be fine during the summer, but the winters here might be too harsh. If I bring said plant in during the winter months and keep it indoors, how will it do under a grow light as opposed to traditional sunlight? I have a rather large basement so when it gets big I would have room but it wouldn’t get a spot with sunlight. I was wondering how it will fair with a grow light instead. If you have any ideas or additional info to help me start growing my plant please feel free to share.

Note: none of these pictures provided are my plants, although the baby trees look very similar to my current plants.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 10, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

Coral Bush is hardy in zones 10 to 12.
It is generally grown as an annual in cold climates.
You certainly can try wintering over with grow lights, though I have not found any success stories doing so with this warm loving plant.
Here is a link to refresh you on the care requirements.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/coral-plant/growing-coral-plants.htm

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Asked by
Gardener55 on
March 6, 2017

Q. Jatropha tree health

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.

Answered by
Alisma on
March 7, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

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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Asked by
Becky Kitkowski on
May 20, 2017

Q. Similar plant to the Coral plant

Is this in the same family? And sometimes the leaves get blotchy with white on leaves, it\’s smooth in to touch but leaves fall off I live in New Port Richey Florida on gulf side

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 21, 2017
Certified Expert
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I would certainly agree that this is very similar to a Coral Plant or Jatropha.
I have not been able to identify this plant.
I would suggest you take this image or a leaf and flower sample to your County Extension Office.
They should be able to id this plant from your region.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search/
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/coral-plant/growing-coral-plants.htm

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