variegated native puka trees (Meryta sinclarii) have developed
unsightly brown splotches on their leaves. They look very unwell
and haven't come right despite being fed and watered regularly.
What am I doing wrong?
sounds as if you may be killing your pukas with kindness. Pukas
do not like wet feet and overwatering could lead to the symptoms
you describe. If your soil is heavy or gluggy - and we have had
a very wet spring this year - dig in compost and peat to improve
Remove the damaged leaves
and feed with a general garden fertiliser to help kickstart new
Gardener, Issue 89, 2002, Page 20
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.