Satsuki leaf problem

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Satsuki leaf problem

Post  Gcorwin on Sun Apr 14, 2013 4:46 pm

I have a Satsuki that I acquired late last year. I don' think that it got a proper frost and so the leaves are not falling off. I did keep it inside because I think our winters may be too hard on it (I live in the Cincinnati area).

So, any advice on what, if anything, I should do for it?



TIA

Greg

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Re: Satsuki leaf problem

Post  Dave Murphy on Sun Apr 14, 2013 7:33 pm

Satsuki azaleas are evergreen...they hold on to their leaves through the winter. They are also hardy, temperate shrubs that can tolerate frosts and freezes, need a dormancy, and can't tolerate the conditions inside your house during the winter. Unfortunately, if you don't see any green in the canopy, your azalea is dead...I cant be sure but I bet the rootball dried out. If you chose to get another satsuki, you'll need to over winter it somewhere other then the inside of your house. They would need a fair amount of winter protection in Cincinatti.

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Re: Satsuki leaf problem

Post  Russell Coker on Sun Apr 14, 2013 7:59 pm



Yikes!


Do you see green when you scratch the bark... anywhere? In Kanuma, our satsuki were protected from heavy snow and wind in UNHEATED greenhouses, and that's all.

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Re: Satsuki leaf problem

Post  Gcorwin on Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:49 pm

It has a few (very few) spots that are trying to bud out, that's why I still had hopes for it. Maybe I will drastically cut it back in the hopes it will recuperate, but I was thinking it as DOA (it had signs of the browning when I got it)

Not good news, but thanks anyway!

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Re: Satsuki leaf problem

Post  Dave Murphy on Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:29 am

Don't prune anything on it unless you are absolutely sure it's dead. Keep it outside in the sun and keep the soil moist but not soaking wet. Hope it pulls through.

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Re: Satsuki leaf problem

Post  Russell Coker on Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:17 am




Feel free to ease it out of that pot and into something bigger with regular, fast draining bonsai soil. There's nothing sacred about Kanuma soil.

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