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Whats wrong with this Lorapetalum?

Discussion in 'Fertilizers, Pesticides and Diseases' started by inzane, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,472

    I have one lorapetalum out of 3 that is starting to decline. Wondering what i should be looking for?? We have had excessive rains for weeks. Its strange that the one plant is declining while the 2 next to it are looking normal.


  2. Tree Guru

    Tree Guru LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Check the base of the plant for soil against the bark. Remove soil to expose the flare roots. Also give a tug on the plant to see if its firmly rooted in the soil Could have root rot?
  3. Tree Guru

    Tree Guru LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Also noticed downspout for the gutter directly in line with the plant?
  4. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,472

    yeah.. downspout is directly in line.. i see how that can be a problem now. gonna have to divert the water. its been so rainy here nothing ever seems to get a chance to dry out.

    thanks for the feedback.

  5. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    Possible explanations for Loropetalum decline include eriophyid mites, nutrient deficiency (especially micronutrients), root rot, nematodes and salt toxicity

    We have a issue with the decline of some loropetalum here....cultivar helps...spraying with a copper fungicide like CUPRO on the regular seems to help the most.


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