10ft tree column with droopy, sunburned leaves

By | 2018-10-02T13:10:32+00:00 October 2nd, 2018|1 Comment

Hi Claire,

I bought a gorgeous FLF in at 14” pot from Home Depot a few months ago, it was super tall and looked healthy. I placed it in a corner by a window and watered sparingly (about 2 cups per week) as I read that most FLF die due to overwatering. A week ago I noticed that the leaves were very droopy so I thought maybe it wasn’t getting enough light, so I took it outside. I realize now though that maybe the problem was that I didn’t water enough…

Anyway, my husband took the plant outside and unfortunately we left it in a full sun location. On the first day the leaves got burned and faded, and drooped even more. I was so bummed! I moved it to a shady spot and gave it a good watering, however it’s still not really recovered after about a week. We live in New Orleans where it’s hot and humid so I hoped the humidity would be good for it.

I’d like to bring the FLF back inside soon – I read through your website and have some ideas I wanted to run by you. I am thinking to cut off the leaves that were sun-damaged, but there really are quite a few. How many would you think would be a safe bet, and is cutting leaves from the bottom better than from the top?

I am also thinking to cut off a good part of the upper stem, because the tree is getting so tall that it is starting to lean to one side. I also read that pruning the the stem may encourage the column to branch. I will try propogating the cut part if I can!

Do you think cutting off some of the top stem and any damaged leaves would be a good idea for this plant considering it is already stressed from the sun? I also ordered some fertilizer. I really hope it can be saved!

Thank you,

R

 

By | 2018-10-02T13:10:32+00:00 October 2nd, 2018|1 Comment
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    Oh no! Yes it looks like it got dehydrated and sunburnt. I agree with your plan to remove the top area, which will remove the most sun damaged leaves and solve your problem of it being too tall. Then you can remove some of the bottom leaves that are damaged - removing older leaves is generally preferable to newer leaves since they're less healthy and naturally shed first. Then I might repot to a larger pot - given the size of the plant you could go up 4-6 inches in diameter. Fertilizer will help but I would wait a month or so after you repot since new soil has fertilizer in it. Good luck, I hope it does well! Claire

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