Top Questions About Michelia Shrubs

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Questions About Michelia Shrubs

Asked by
Lady_DiAnna on
February 7, 2018
Huntsville, AL 35806

Q. No scented flowers on a banana shrub (Michelia Skinneriana).

Why don’t the flowers on my banana shrub have any scent?
I have 2 banana shrubs in pots that I grew from cuttings (from my main plants). I kept them on a western patio all summer but brought them inside when temps began to drop below 30 degrees at night. About 4 weeks ago, they began to bud. The flowers are now opening but they do not have the banana-like scent, they have no scent at all.The main plants had dropped leaves badly before I brought them inside any they don’t have any buds.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
February 8, 2018
Certified Expert
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It is likely that they didn't have enough fertilizer. This can cause lack of blooms, leaf drop, and many other symptoms. This article will help you with the care of these: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/banana-shrub/how-to-grow-banana-shrubs.htm

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Asked by
Chandler on
June 17, 2018
Auckland NZ

Q. Michelia bubbles is exfoliating but have new growth developing

Leaves are turning yellow have plenty of new buds. Worried we might loose tree which was planted 1 year ago.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
June 18, 2018
Certified Expert
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Can you include a photo? This will help me to make a diagnosis.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 16, 2019

Q. Why does my mature Michelia figo always have so many yellow leaves?

Now that I’ve read your article, I can see the error of some of my ways, but the bush turned small tree at 5 feet high, is 10+ years old and today I was wondering if this is simply what happens this time of year (North County of San Diego County; Carlsbad/Vista/Oceanside tricity area) especially considering that the yard is mature, the plant is no longer getting as much sunlight as in the past. I’ve tried giving it iron but it has never helped the yellowing issue.

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
November 16, 2019
Certified Expert
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The plant is evergreen and should not turn completely yellow this time of year. However, the banana tree is susceptible to chlorosis (yellowing). A high soil ph could be a factor since it prefers an acidic, organic soil. Nitrogen especially and other nutrient deficiencies can cause yellowing. It's best not to think and fertilize in terms of a specific nutrient, but rather complete nutrition. Soil testing and prescription amendments are best, but general purpose blended fertilization is next best.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/banana-shrub/how-to-grow-banana-shrubs.htm

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