The amount of rain that occurs is a factor. . During hot weather, the soil surface dries out quickly even while soil below may remain moist. web@agcenter.lsu.edu, 106 Martin D. Woodin Hall A. Possible sources include: Masonry Club and Jacobi Building Materials, both in Canoga Park; and Balboa Brick in Sepulveda. Baton Rouge, LA 70803. Watering too much or too little can cause a plant to do poorly. For a layered look, plant the taller lantana types toward the top of your slope and the shorter types toward the bottom. Most drought-tolerant plants appreciate sandy soil, so you have many candidates from which to choose. Any ideas? – Mary Lee Craft It has tiny golden puffball flowers in late winter or early spring and requires a minimum of water, no more than a single soaking every week or two. Valley Glen Q. Camellia Leaf Drop - I have a Camellia bush that appears healthy in every way with beautiful green leaves and well formed buds. In winter, leaf loss can be caused by frozen compost or soil. The first one is after I bought it in the spring. Camellias prefer some shade, and a spot that gets sun most of the day is stressful to them. Avoid planting in direct sun. Required fields are marked *. Colored crushed gravel, crushed brick or small, colored stones can be pricey, pound for pound, unless they are purchased in large quantities. As for your Pennisetum ‘Foxtrot,’ so named for its furry, foxtail flower spikes, you might want to mix packaged potting soil with washed sand or perlite. Your email address will not be published. However,… Q. Spray Care Of Apple Tree - I have an apple tree that bears medium size reddish-yellow fruit that is sweet - makes great applesauce and pie.… October 27, 2013 Joshua Siskin Flowering Shrubs No comments. There’s nothing dramatic you can do to help it. Next spring, if you see it sending out new growth give it a light fertilizer application using an acid loving plant fertilizer. If you opt for keeping your tree in its present container, you can do so by root pruning. This was not a situation where an insect or disease attacked the leaves or branches. They may also suffer from nutrient deficiencies or mite … This is the best season for doing so since roots grow most vigorously and rapidly during the fall. Bud drop occurs when plants receive too much or too little water, insufficient light or extreme cold temperatures. What disturbs me is that I see no new growth. Research how well the soil remains evenly moist. This stress associated with establishment often leads to yellowing and dropping of some of the leaves. They are on a covered patio with indirect sunlight. No one definite thing that can be pointed to as the cause for the camellia doing so poorly. Learn how your comment data is processed. I always think of an ox when reading about it or hearing its name and for an obvious reason: it’s called oxalis. You could plant other lantanas as well, whether shrubby types such as orange, ‘Confetti’ (yellow, pink and purple combination), compact yellow or ground-hugging lavender or white. It is also critical to examine the soil at a two-inch depth. Once a plant has defoliated, you should water very infrequently, only enough to keep the soil slightly moist until regrowth occurs. Phytophthora (Phytophthora spp.) After an hour or so, you reach a saturation point and sigh, “There are just too many treasures to absorb in a single visit. Your email address will not be published. The camellia growing season is in the spring/early summer. Too much water, however, is not good for a struggling plant as it can rot the roots. Algerian ivy is the only thing that has survived there. Scorched or brown leaves on camellia plants do not usually recover. I asked the nurseryman about the problem. After they produce their new growth, they do not grow any more. 7 Botanical Wonders of Los Angeles (5,6 ... Avocado Prices Have Not Changed in 100 y... Why not to Plant Magnolias and Jacarandas. Affected leaves may be shed. Click on links below to jump to that question. When camellias drop their leaves . Acacia redolens is a shrub that grows 2 to 3 feet tall and is used by CalTrans on highway embankments. If you have a certain container in mind that they do not have in stock, they can usually order it for you. The spots on the leaves suggest sunburn but could also have been caused by excess water around the roots. . This can be caused by lack of water and, in hot conditions, camellias appreciate shade as well as water. Camellia brown leaf or sunscald is the result of too much direct sunlight. Dan GillConsumer Horticulture SpecialistHere are some pictures I took. That seems to be the case for your camellia. Now it’s Sept. 20 and the second plant has the same symptoms. Sometimes when a plant struggles, we pour on the water to bring it back. I notice that the soil drains very, very rapidly. – Nick Kurek You may send me some pictures and I’ll be happy to take a look. There is a certain plant that has remarkable strength. Visitng Sherman Gardens is like spending time in a great museum. Q. I am currently getting ready to redo my container garden and have recently purchased a Pennisetum ‘Foxtrot.’ It is currently in a 6-inch (1 gallon) container waiting for transplanting. Thus, I would research these issues in this order: soil moisture problems, root problems or fungal problems unique to California called Sudden Oak Death. In lieu of plants, Nick Kurek of Granada Hills wants to create patterns of crushed gravel in his back yard, having seen this use of yard space in Arizona and Nevada. We want to get rid of it because of rats’ nests as well as the burned brown areas. If the browning takes the form of spots or blotches, then it is possible that the plant has become infected with one of the leaf blight fungi. There is generally no easy answer in these situations. Can you suggest some places in the Valley where I might get a significantly larger container or should I root prune it and keep it in its present container? It is sometimes possible to see small, black, fruiting bodies of the causal fungus within the affected area. The hillside soil is a slightly softened sandstone. Another plant to consider is red lantana. If leaves on your camellia begin to fade, wilt and drop from the plant, you could be dealing with phytophthora root rot. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. A. It is possible if the camellia stayed too wet at some point (due to rain or generous irrigation or both) that root rot disease may have attacked the roots. Do you think it may be lack of sunlight? To avoid this, mulch plants growing in the ground, and move pots to sheltered spots, and insulate them with bubble-wrap. “Water-soaked leaves” is the name of this condition, used most frequently in reference to indoor plants, such as Dracaena, that are overwatered. It does very well in parts where there is some shade but burns brown otherwise in summer. If necessary, transplant to a shadier location. June is a month when camellias shed some leaves but I would hesitate to consider this as a cause if you are seeing large defoliation of the trees. Root problems are a common reason plants fail to properly establish. It is barely alive, but may recover some over the winter. A. I would check your soil frequently to monitor its moisture level. It is the tallest of the lantanas and gives a continuously fiery display. The more you garden, the more you will learn this essential truth: Watering frequency depends as much on the moisture level of the soil as it does on the look of the plant. – Marlene de Valera As for your fig tree, you might go to Boething TreeLand (in west Woodland Hills adjacent to Hidden Hills) and ask if they would sell you a 24- or 36-inch beveled wood container, sometimes called a tree box, since they grow most of their trees in those container types. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Pottery Etc., a plant container store located on Canoga Avenue between Sherman Way and Saticoy Street in Canoga Park, is an excellent source for large plant containers of all types. They are on a covered patio with indirect sunlight. Newly planted shrubs always experience stress their first summer in the ground. Care the summer after planting, particularly proper watering, plays a big role in how a plant does.