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I recently had a gardener plant some shrubs for me and some of the leaves on my fatsia are turning brown (top). Is it a sign I'm over or under watering it? Or is this normal? Thanks 

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,261
    I looks very pale  and "hungry" . 
    Devon.
  • Newbie80Newbie80 Posts: 4
    So it needs a lot of water?
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,261
    it need fertiliser. Something like Fish Blood and Bone . 
    Scrape back the gravel and sprinkle some onto the soil ( read instruction on rate of application) then cover over again with the gravel and water it in. 
    Devon.
  • Newbie80Newbie80 Posts: 4
    Thank you, i'll give that a try then.  How often should I be watering it? 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,261
    Thank you, i'll give that a try then.  How often should I be watering it? 
    how long is a bit of string? 
    Depends on the soil , sandy need more, clay needs less. 
    Factor in the desiccating winds we've had too and remember , when it rains, a lot will be shed by those leaves like umbrellas.
    Devon.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,907
    It's probably been a bit cossetted too, and browning is normal in cold spells or if not acclimatised. Nothing  to worry about with that, but they also prefer shade. If it's in a sunny spot, and exposed, it won't be the best site for it. 
    As @Hostafan1 says too - watering is needed when first establishing a plant - even in spring when there might be more rain than during the summer months. A good canful and then wait a few days before doing the same, rather than a cupful or two every day.

    The leaves will green up as long as it has enough nutrition too. Mine usually looks a bit duff coming out of winter. Once it's bigger, you can afford to remove damaged leaves as well.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Newbie80Newbie80 Posts: 4
    thanks both, really appreciate the advice :-)
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,907
    edited April 2020
    @Newbie80 - If you have any seaweed feed, that's also very good for foliage plants. I often give mine a wee watering with some during summer.  :)

    You can do it as a foliar feed - but don't so it when it's sunny 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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