Don’s Expert Answers: Slender Weavers unhealthy

Question From:
Byron Talmage in Highgate, Perth Western Australia

Nature of problem:
Slender Weavers unhealthy

Type of Plant (if known):
Slender Weaver Bamboo

Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself):
brown/black stains on the stems. new shoots dieing. tops of bamboo rotting or breaking off

Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type:
not sure. Perth is sandy but I added a lot of soil improver and new soil when i planted

How often do you water the plant:
twice weekly

How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
varies but at least 4-6 depending on the plant

How long since you planted it:
4 years

Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
yes – use powerfeed and Season

Is the plant indoors or outdoors:

Is the plant in a pot or in the ground:

What other treatments have you given the plant:

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Other Comments:
I purchased Slender weaver plants about 4 years ago and they have been fantastic (other than the leaves). Recently they are not looking as healthy with spots on the stems, new shoots dying, and the tops appear to either be rotting or breaking off. See attached photos. Do you have any advice on what the issue could be or what could be done to get them healthy again? I feed them regularly with powerfeed and Seasol. Thanks for any help.

Hi Byron, All bamboos an cause problems with suckering, despite claims to the contrary. I do not know what is wrong with your bamboo, but if it is near next door’s boundary, maybe the bamboo has been accidentally sprayed with weedkiller? Good luck, Don