I’ve cleared the mulch well away form the base of the tree and will continue to give it plenty of water every couple of days and hope for the best. Gardeners are constantly bombarded with new plant releases and rarely have extensive trials been undertaken before they are released. Has produced the most wonderful display in early February and now growing new shoots. I watered the plant in & maintained daily watering for the first 2 weeks. Jeff. Don’s Expert Answers: Stunted sparse leaves and no... Don’s Expert Answers: Poor growing Lilly Pillies. They are both mounded, same process of soil and mulch, about 20-25m apart. Also wondering if it is being affected by radiant heat from shed. We need to look at the plant habit/requirements for optimum performance and physiology to which it has adapted/originated, ie canopy management, open/exposed, soil types, companion planting and nutrition. It seem unlikely to be from being too dry given the new shoots, but equally how could it be fungal if it’s been quite dry? Thanks you for the post! If I apply fertilizer to native plants I only give them half or quarter strength. Water only. Australia is a large country with diverse climates and C. ficifolia, the WA flowering gum, is a spring/winter rainfall plant. Hi Candi – although it’s hard to give any diagnosis without seeing your tree, it could be that graft is failing but, given that it’s so soon after planting it could also be some pests have found it and are damaging the new growth in bud. a chap from flower Power where I’ve bought all six gums even said I should water every day, don’t think this is right though. These problems can manifest in the first months after a graft is done but they can also take years to show up such that a tree may grow quite well and then all of a sudden the graft union deteriorates and the tree shows symptoms such as those listed above. Thanks Michael, some good horticultural common sense there. It is about 6 to 8 metres high and looks just like E. FicifoIia. Suddenly over the last few days it has begun dying, the leaves are going dry and papery, the (scores of) flowers are shriveling…we have had a fair bit of steady rain, but no more than many other times in the last years. My dwarf orange is just starting to bust it’s flowering bud caps and the most intense orange flower is showing. Many of the variegated forms of northern hemisphere deciduous trees such as claret ash fall into this category. Im hoping they get put up on this website as I’m proud regards Lee, Love the apricot one. The unfortunate issue is that gardeners, particularly new gardeners, become disillusioned when they have large plant losses. This is because homeowners have been feeding them, and also because nectar-bearing plants, such as bottlebrushes, have been planted in so many home gardens. Grafting also makes possible the propagation of many woody plants that may be difficult to propagate otherwise, such as by cuttings. Regards, Should I have splinted the trunk either side of the graft? Roots need to respire to grow so they need to have plenty of oxygen in the soil. My only comment is to keep the water up to it in spring when it is setting flowering buds. Well done Arno, great comment. Had to peel away the existing mulch and dig a little bit to check I wasn’t hammering the stakes into any roots. Is there any guide to checking what would be an appropriate rootstock for different areas? Have been giving it plenty of water and it seems to want to grow BUT new leaves are disfigured and many new shoots just die and drop off. Mr Kerry Pritchard. When I bought the grafted gum there was a stake taped to the stem – landscaper planted with stake being a small grafted plant. Good to see such discussion on this topic of what can be a stunning tree subject to a range of cultural, physical and environmental conditions and site planting – potted or inground. They kept regrowing even though I removed them all by hand. As we all know the plant grafted onto the root stock is E.Ficifolia which grows naturally in the SW corner of Western Australia. Just a few comments. Last week the tapes had broken so I removed the stake. I thought I would have difficulty maintaining a new native garden at just over 250 msq in size given it was February and I could only take this time as the landscaper was very busy, however the plants established really well before summer 2016/2017. Lee from Sydney you have more than got that right, I am still working hard with my gums and I’ve at least got the best thing thing working. Generally WA plants (other than those from the far north WA) fail in coastal Queensland where summer autumn rainfall is the norm. Visit us today for the widest range of Native Tree & Shrub products. I watered them but obviously not enough. This is an evergreen tree which grows to around 10m (30′) tall. Although I have a pink flowering gum that seems to be doing OK. Do they need lots of water? I am particularly wary of plants that are promoted as being great for ‘Australian Conditions’ This surely demonstrates that the growers have limited horticultural understanding and have done no research or trials regarding the plants they are promoting. Gum is really stable now and I have to say, although we have had cool temps in the morning and evening, my native garden still hasn’t stopped growing. I do know the soil where I planted it, is extremely free draining, however I have been told it doesn’t like humidity. I have dropped $180 on these babies so far, plant size is 1200 to 1500mm height with good colour & graft union. My feeling is that its rapid growth under irrigation has made it more gangly and less compact than other ones I see around the streets in my area. The grafted plant we are trying to grow is E. Ficifolia grafted onto a suitable compatible eucalyptus. The second (Mini Red) is in a slightly less sunny position but still within 10 metres has not flowered once in five years, although this year looks promising (fingers crossed). I bought my gum from the Sydney Wildflower Nursery located at Heathcote – south of Sydney. I had one do the same thing. Corymbia ficifolia – Flowering Gum One of the best gum trees for producing spectacular flowering, and a useful height as a shade and street tree. Both appearing to die on the fresh buds for some reason, could it have water shortage? Hope this helps this discussion. All the best. However it could be because it’s been staked too tightly to protect the graft point, like Jennifer’s problem in the comment above. Red-flowering gum (Eucalyptus ficifolia) This is an evergreen tree which grows to around 10m (30′) tall. Vitamins A, B12, C, D, E and K. I have always been told native plants, don’t like too much phosphorous and to note that if you use blood and bone it activates in the soil for a very long time. I’m now watching my new babies growing, 9 little gums quite satisfying but very experimental. In my own garden, as a professional, I know what to look for in a plant that needs water – clients often don’t. Loving this rain and so is my garden just before another really hot spell forecast for the weekend. Vivid pink flowering gum Pruning a young plant I suggest if you are going to use the dynamic lifter to use only a very, very tiny amount. Taking plants out of there Natural indige environment is always going to be tricky. Width: 2 metres. Sounds about right, makes me feel a bit less useless although not at good for you. If the tree looks otherwise healthy and the leaves are a nice, rich green then the thickness of the trunk is probably not a problem. Seeing your picture of a Corymbia ficifolia Wildfire above surrounded by FOUR steel stakes makes me think that my problem with a grafted Corymbia ficifolia “Blaze of Red” (from Austem New World Flora – $45) was due to insufficient staking. Hi ash, Eucalyptus and Corymbia leaves are always simple. That’s Australia. It’s still early days for me, however continued observation with plants and weather patterns certainly helps a lot. Gardening sure does test us in every way. ‘Attracting Birds to your Garden in Australia’ by John Dengate (New Holland Publishers, 1997). So let the buyer beware! Some movement of the tree was permitted but the tree seemed very healthy in an open and windy part of a lawn. They are in a dry position and I cannot keep the soil moist. These are the ingredients of Eco fertiliser; 17 amino acids from digested marine waste (eg prawn and crab shells) Thanks. Help… In Morayfield just north of Brisbane. Last year it had one umbel of flowers- very beautiful. In late spring or summer large clusters of scarlet to orange flowers appear, followed by big, urn-shaped, woody fruit. is there a way to save it or is it too late. Corymbia ficifolia, commonly known as the red flowering gum, is a species of small tree that is endemic to the south-west of Western Australia. JAP MAPLE SEEDLINGS $10 FOR 5 $1 per plant if you buy 50 or more NEW STOCK CYPRESS SEEDLINGS 5 for $20 CURRENTLY RASING: SILVER PRINCESS, HONEY BOX AND DWARF RED FLOWERING GUM Open to trades for other desirable plants such as herbs, indoors/tropicals, lilies and natives I have lots of other plants i’m willing to part with or trade, call me if your seriously interested Water and feed well while establishing and prune after flowering to maintain a bushy habit. A medium sized tree that has rough bark, lance-shaped foliage and a spreading crown. Very healthy. Planting with a small hollow is a great idea as it catches all the water and directs it to the roots. Anyway thanks for all the comments all round as its survey H a shame to such a lovely type of tree underperforming regards lee. Many have irregular shaped canopies. Hi Jennifer – I’d love to see a photo of your flowering gum! Topsoil and manure were added before planting. Can only say if the plant receives morning sun, is growing in relative free draining soil, and there are no shoots from the root stock ie below the graft and it has regular watering then it should flower . If you google ecoogranicgarden.com.au you can enquire from there. Older leaves rapidly died. Secondly, the Western Australian flowering gum (Corymbia ficifolia) does not perform well in the hotter, more humid climates of places like Sydney and Brisbane and grafting them onto species such as spotted gum (Corymbia maculata) theoretically should make them more vigorous in these areas.

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