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Just wondering what is wrong with this small tree. Soil is just moist. It was fed organic plus pellets a few weeks ago. No obvious signs of pest or mould. It was also sprayed with Epsom salt solution a few weeks back. All the leaves are curling and limp. It is in sort of a wicking pot and I am thinking of transplanting in the ground once the fruit is ripe enough to harvest.

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Comment by Jeff Kiehne on April 18, 2018 at 7:09

Spraying with Epsom salts could also be a problem in a pot that does not drain   could have lack of or imbalance of trace elements  you can get a trace element mix that can be sprayed onto leaves   i have some  old Librel BMX  and it seems easy to use.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 18, 2018 at 5:19

At this stage, watering with just plain water will do the plant more good than adding fertiliser. Get it hydrated and then add fertiliser if you think it needs it. With the maturing fruit, I'd steer clear of fertiliser though. Wait until it's been re-homed and pruned then give it a good dose of minerals and compost.

Comment by Valerie on April 18, 2018 at 5:07

That makes a lot of sense. I gave it a good watering with seasol last night. Can't wait to see the results. Hiding the not so great-looking pot is going to be on the project list too now with all the pallet wood we got from the new hardware store. Thanks Elaine. 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 17, 2018 at 13:35

Running out of water. A trap with wicking gardens is that there is only a finite reservoir and depending on the plant's water needs, that reservoir can run out very quickly. As indeed it does when hot weather follows rain. The rest of the in-ground plants are doing fine and in the wicking gardens some plants are shrivelling.

Give it a good water and top up the reservoir each day or two days and see what happens.

If the plant normally lives where it looks as though it does - on the footpath - or at least in full blazing sun, the roots could be quite hot too. Put shadecloth around the pot or insert some styrene inside the pot to give some insulation or shade the pot in some way. Moving the plant to where the pot can be shaded but the plant is in full sun could be an option if you have the space. 

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