HAVE several lophomyrtus and ake ake which are meant to be red,
but new growth is coming through quite green. Is this a deficiency
of some sort?
are several things that could be causing the new growth to be green,
but the good news is that as long you've got the plants growing
in plenty of light it will just be a temporary problem. Both lophomyrtus
and ake ake colour up best in full sun.
Other factors that can
cause greenness in their new growth include: warm, moist conditions
or recent pruning, encouraging a flush of soft growth - at cooler
times of the year the new growth will be redder; nutrients from
recently applied fertiliser or compost - lophomyrtus and ake ake
have low nutrient requirements, so only feed if the plants appear
pale and growth is very slow.
Gardener, Issue 168, 2005, Page 24
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.