Greg Edwards in Wynnum, Brisbane QLD
Nature of problem:
Can I prune my Brunfelsia Latifolia back to half it’s current height of 2 meters to promote a denser growth, at the moment it is very sparse in the leaf department
Type of Plant (if known):
Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself):
very sparse leaf growth and few flowers.
Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type:
so called organic garden soil to which I have added bagged cow & sheep manure as well as dynamic lifter at various times.
How often do you water the plant:
at least weekly more if needed.
How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
it is against a north facing fence but has some over hear protection
What type of plant is it:
How long since you planted it:
at least 7 years
Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
cow & sheep manure, dynamic lifter,pot ash ,seasol,charlie carp, and soil wetter with added seasol, rotated and applied every 3-4 weeks
Is the plant indoors or outdoors:
Is the plant in a pot or in the ground:
What other treatments have you given the plant:
none other than stated above
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Other Comments: Hi Greg, Leave the poor bugger alone! Brunfelsias do very well in totally neglected gardens. Yes, prune it back then leave it alone! You are loving it to death…you are a HELICOPTER DAD. Go to the beach or the RSL or to Mum & Dad’s. Don