Sickly strelizia

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Sickly strelizia

Postby Carolyn1978 » Sat Jan 24, 2015 4:44 pm

Hi All,

I've recently moved to a new home in a humid coastal location on the NSW south coast. There is a strelizia in the garden which is a decent size but the flowers never open. They get to full height but instead of opening they just whither and then dry on the plant unopened. Some of the leaves are strange too with yellow and black markings. I can't see any pests. Any ideas what could be wrong? The bed receives a half day of strong westerly sun which I would think the strelizia wouldn't mind, other plants are doing ok such as agaves, camellias and grasses.

Thanks!
Caz

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Re: Sickly strelizia

Postby abwal » Sat Jan 24, 2015 5:43 pm

Is there a possibility that the soils is not draining freely? They do not like 'wet feet'. This could also cause the yellowing of the leaves.
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Re: Sickly strelizia

Postby tam » Sat Jan 24, 2015 7:28 pm

Agree with Abwal but they do like a drink once a week in the dry
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Re: Sickly strelizia

Postby Carolyn1978 » Sun Jan 25, 2015 3:38 pm

Thanks we have sandy soil but i'll try moving it, no point keeping it there if it doesn't flower.
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Re: Sickly strelizia

Postby tam » Sun Jan 25, 2015 7:21 pm

Good luck with that.
It might be better to put organic matter around to keep a bit more moisture in the soil.
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