Don’s Expert Answers: Lilly pilly cmas bush dying near pool

Question From:
Daniel in Royston park, Sa South Australia

Nature of problem:
Lilly pilly cmas bush dying near pool

Type of Plant (if known):
Lilly pilly xmas bush or bush xmas

Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself):
Leaves going brown

Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type:

How often do you water the plant:
1 per week

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

How long since you planted it:
4 months

Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
When i planted

Is the plant indoors or outdoors:

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

What other treatments have you given the plant:

Upload photo if available:

Other Comments:
The plants are close to my salt water pool and over summer alot of water has been splashed on them. Im not sure if they are dying cause of the salt water or cause of the overwatering caused by the big splashs from the pool. I have stopped watering them knowing they are being splashed. I hose them down after each pool session.
My question is do u think its the salt water or the amount of water cauothe isdue
Will they bounce back
Can i treat them
Shiuld i remove them altogether?

Hi Daniel, It is almost certainly the salt that is damaging your plants. You could try replacing them with New Zealand Xmas bushes: Metrosideros Thomasii or M. ‘Tahiti’. Don