Don’s Expert Answers: I have six bottle brush plants planted in a brand new garden one year ago. All have flowered, some have been relocated but seem ok. One of the original plants, that hasn’t been moved, is losing a lot of leaves and has dead looking branches left after flowering.

Question From:
Penny Higgins in Langwarrin, Melbourne Victoria

Nature of problem:
I have six bottle brush plants planted in a brand new garden one year ago. All have flowered, some have been relocated but seem ok. One of the original plants, that hasn’t been moved, is losing a lot of leaves and has dead looking branches left after flowering.

Type of Plant (if known):
A pink/red bottle brush shrub/tree

Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself):
See nature of problem

Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type:
was clay and rocks, now good quality top soil.

How often do you water the plant:
haven’t lately, it has rained a lot.

How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
Full sun

How long since you planted it:
One year

Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
Yes, with dynamic lifter and blood and bone

Is the plant indoors or outdoors:
outdoors

Is the plant in a pot or in the ground:
In the ground

What other treatments have you given the plant:
Nothing

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Other Comments:
I would be grateful for your advice. Everything else in the new garden is flourishing, would be sorry to lose these bottle brush shrubs now.

Answer:
Hi Penny, There is nothing in your email that accounts for your problem. So perhaps just buy a new one.

Don

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