not looking at all well
I noticed the browning on these conifers a while ago; I had the pots on a three-tier display stand, and it was the inner sides, that facing the next tier, that was brown. I turned them round, thinking that maybe lack of light was the cause.
Even my older conifer is going brown and losing lower foliage: sure I read that some conifers do show bare lower stems with age, but brown as well?
I searched for “conifers going brown” on GoY, and the consensus seems to be lack of water, but given the rain we’ve had recently, drought seems to be the least of their problems! When I press a fingertip into the soil, it comes out with particles sticking to it, so the soil is at least damp enough to cling.
Unless this is damage caused by a previous lack of water that hasn’t recovered? Or won’t recover? I lost one small plant several months ago, went brown right to the top by the time I noticed.
Is lack of water the only cause for conifers to go brown? If not, what other cause[s] could there be?
And my Hebe is looking distinctly sorry for itself: compare the pics taken last year and last week. The label on that says don’t over-water, which again hasn’t been easy with the rain! – I shoved it on a shelf under my worktable, hoping it’d get enough light but be out of most of the rain, but I’ve no idea if that’s the cause or, if it is, whether I got to it in time.
18th May 2011
19th January 2012
Or maybe some plants always go a bit like this at this time of year? First time I’ve had any, and not had them for a whole year yet, so I don’t know about seasonal variations. But even if there is a seasonal drop, the Hebe seems to be a tad excessive.
Even the pansies are looking a bit sad – maybe since I “stoned” them? Or moved the planters? or too much rain or just the time of year?
- 22 Jan, 2012
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