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I have a really poorly looking SCIADOPITYS verticillata ‘Gold Star’ It's golden spikes are turning a dead brown colour (see photo) - I assume I'm either over or under watering it - OOPS ???




Possibly underwatering, assuming its in a pot and the pot has drainage. The other problem might be from the extremely hot and sudden heatwave we had, which might have burnt the needles after such a long time with very dull weather and low uv light levels.

10 Jun, 2012


Thans bamboo - actually it's in the ground - maybe I have a drainage issue as I think the soil may be to clay like ? Not sure that it's the heatwave as it started happening before this - who knows.

10 Jun, 2012


Not sure clay soil will be an issue - this one likes moist but not waterlogged, rich, fertile soil, so with a bit of enrichment with humus rich material at planting time, and as a mulch over time, clay soil should be fine.
If this started before the heatwave, that knocks that explanation on the head, but I've done a bit more reading - it hates wind, specially cold wind, so needs to be in a very sheltered, sunny spot. Given we now get a lot more wind in this country than we used to, and at all times of year, could it be that?

11 Jun, 2012


Thanks once more Bamboo - really nice of you to go to all this trouble.

Maybe it is the wind - not really sure - I didn't realise that that could make the needles go brown - let's see what happens when the sun comes out again ?

11 Jun, 2012


Ah, and when might that be, Richard... I've forgotten what sunshine looks like.

12 Jun, 2012


True - makes you want to emigrate !

12 Jun, 2012

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