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Hi all

 

Just wondering if anyone has any idea what might be doing this to my eucalyptus saplings? (Hoping to be a firewood coppice, hence firewood area of forum!)

 

These were grown from seed last year and planted out in a paddock in April or May. They grew well for the first year, but this year seem to be suffering from leaf browning. Two different species, E. nitens and E. neglecta. The neglecta (skinny leaves) seem to be worse (possibly totally dead?) but the nitens are affected too.

 

Is it worth giving them a feed of some sort or are they gonners? I suspect the neglecta probably are, but hope I'm wrong...

 

Thanks.

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I reckon it's frost damage.  They may or may not bounce back depending how far they're gone.  You probably knew that already though.

 

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Could be, but they're supposed to be hardy down to -15C ish, and it's not been that cold here - snow, but not really hard deep frosts.

 

I'm hoping they'll bounce back, yes. Even the neglecta stems still feel springy and green, not dry and dead. Though there's time for that I'm sure!

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Fingers crossed for you.  Unless there's some kind of drainage isssue, then I'd go with frost/cold damage.  Perhaps they don't like the windchill while establishing.

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42 minutes ago, Mark J said:

I reckon it's frost damage.  They may or may not bounce back depending how far they're gone.  You probably knew that already though.

 

Or possibly wind burn combined with frost. I noticed a 60 footer today with browning foliage which has been growing really well previously.  (as well as loads of Photinia, Viburnum tinus, Choisya, Rhododendron, Camellia etc etc over the last few weeks)

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Thanks gents. :thumbup1:

 

No drainage issues, they're on a slope. It is fairly windy, so that could be it. But it seems that the shorter plants are more affected than the taller ones. Oh well, fingers crossed they come back OK. Will give them a water with something nourishing anyway.

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2 hours ago, Gary Prentice said:

Or possibly wind burn combined with frost. I noticed a 60 footer today with browning foliage which has been growing really well previously.  (as well as loads of Photinia, Viburnum tinus, Choisya, Rhododendron, Camellia etc etc over the last few weeks)

You don't half notice some stuff Gary .....a 60 footer ! :D

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