Q.Why Would A Maui Red Ixora Is Loose Leaves And Flowers Wilt After Planting?
I just planted 10 Maui reds in my newly established flower bed and 1 of my reds is loosing it’s leaves and it’s flowers are wilting and turning brown. Some of the others have flowers that are kind of wilting it not near like this one. Is there a reason this could be happening? I used miracle grow ground soil for all of my plants when planting and I water them at night and only for the first 3 days. Then I fertilized them with some miracle grow I attached to the water hose.
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It is likely that over fertilizing and overwatering is leaving them in shock. They only need to be watered as the top inch of soil starts to dry out, completely, until established. After this watering should be done once the soil dries, thoroughly, down to about 3 or 4 inches, at least.
Fertilization should be done once they are fully established in the soil to avoid burning the new roots that are forming, and should only be done when a soil test reveals a deficiency.
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