Arbutus: Strawberry Tree

Discussion in 'Ericaceae (rhododendrons, arbutus, etc.)' started by ellarose, May 5, 2006.

  1. ellarose

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    Am I wasting my time trying to grow a strawberry tree in a pot? It seemed fine fo a couple of years but is looking very sad at the moment.
     
  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Repot in fresh medium. If that does not seem pertinent, then describe cultural history of plant (what you have done do it), and what, exactly "sad" consists of.
     
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    In the ground or in a pot, its not going to be easy........re-potting every 2 years is the only way to keep it happy.

    Easier container plants would be Chamaerops humilis (same pot for 5 years here with no feeding)
    Choisya ternata Sundance (looks fantastic)
    Pittosporum tobira Variegata
    Phormiums and Cordyline
    Yucca gloriosa Variegata
    Olea europaea (you may have to move to a sheltered site for winter)
     
  4. ellarose

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    Thank you for replies. I have repotted it, it had been in same pot for over 2 years. I have been watering it frequently which I realise now I should not do.
    The leaves are going brown and crumbly although it continues to grow.
    Soooo with less water and the repotting perhaps I will see an improvement. I am much obliged.
    Ellarose
     
  5. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Sounds like a leaf fungus problem, which is common on these. But, it doesn't have to be that.
     
  6. ellarose

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    To RonB
    Have had a good look at the leaves this morning and have found a small caterpillar in the brown leaves which are stuck together. Do I use a spray? You must realise by now that I am not an expert gardener! Had a very small piece of land made into a tiny garden area during the autumn. It has been set out beautifully and I want to keep it as healthy as possible. Not doing too well so far! Have a feeling I could be asking you experts lots of daft questions.
     
  7. Michael Zinck

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    Ellarose; I was doing the same thing, plus putting it in the shade, to my Arbutus before I found this site and learned better. Ron B and others are a great source of knowledge.

    Michael
     

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