I have a hammamelis in a pot, in ericaceous compost.  It has grown and flowered well for the last 3 or 4 years, but now looks very sick.  The leaves are drooping and turning yellow.  I have watered it with sequestered seaweed feed and drenched the leaves, but all to no avail.  I think now it's too late to save it. 

Has anyone any ideas what is wrong?


  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,221

    Is it pot-bound?

  • I think it might be potbound and dry. I grow some plants in pots for several reasons and especially in the recent good weather I have found that when it has rained I tend not to water them and find that they are bone dry despite the downpour. Thankfully plants are very forgiving and after a good soaking they turn out as good as new. So do as suggested and it will be fine.

  • lynnootlynnoot Posts: 7

    It's in a very large pot and I've watered it regularly over the summer.  I could take a look to see if it's pot bound, but I think it's too far gone now.  It's annoying, as these plants aren't cheap.  I think I'll steer clear of ericaceous-loving plants from now on.

  • If you were watering with tap water that could have had an effect. Trouble with having to water with rain water with plants like these is that water butts don't have a never ending supply of water in dry weather.

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