Saturday, April 4, 2009

Dealing with Brown Edge Leave

by Richard Chew

Brown edge leaves is usually associated with potassium deficiencies. It is quite obvious to decide the most logical remedy that it is to treat the deficiencies by feeding the defient nutrients.

However not so, before we treat the deficiencies, need to take some extra effort to check the condition of the soil.

The following is some questions that you need to ask yourself.

1. Have you been fertilizing the soil regularly?

If its once a month, I would say it is regular enough to prevent any nutrient deficiencies.

2. Does your soil drains well?

If there is no water logging after heavy watering, your soil drains well.

3. Is your rose plant receiving sufficient sun light?

If the location where your rose sits receives about 6 to 8 hours of indirect sun light, it is fairly good enough to manufacture and store photosynthesis food in the plant.

If all the above is yes, the solution is quite simple. Just apply some mixture of compost, organic fertilizer (fish meal) and vermicompost on top soil layer.

The purpose of this is to correct your soil condition and to improve availability of nutrients for the roots.

It is not neccessarily that the soil is deficient of particular nutrient, very often it is because nutrients are 'locked' in the soil, thus become unavailable to the plant roots.

It is like offering someone a cup of coffee that is tightly glued on the table. Coffee is available but cannot lift cup to consume it.


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