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Chinese elm's leaves are turning yellow with brown

Posted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 10:58 am
by emerica
I live in florida and I got this chinese elm in the summer, and it is now the fall. I have noticed that about a from a couple weeks after I purchased it to now that the leaves are turning yellow and brown, and some of the others brown around the edges. These leaves fall off. I am keeping it indoors next to a window, and I want to know what is going on? I am loosing lots of leaves on it everyday, and I do not want it to die. What is happening and wat should I do?

Posted: Wed Nov 09, 2005 8:32 am
by The Helpful Gardener
Hi E,

What watering regimen have you been keeping? IS this window a new move? Have you been keeping the tree outdoors? Misting? Check for insects or spotting on the leaves as well; could be disease related...


Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2005 5:22 pm
by emerica
I am watering it unfiltered water, and it has been near the window since I have got it

Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 4:18 pm
by The Helpful Gardener
Unfiltered city water? Chlorinated?

Yellowing leaves is actually known in the trade as chlorosis; guess why...

That could be your damage right there. I have recently moved into city water and the first thing I did was get a Britta filter; for me and my plants...

Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 5:56 pm
by opabinia51
So, does the Chlorine in the water directly react to degrade Chlorphyll or does it have some effect on Nitrogen in the plant?

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 4:48 pm
by The Helpful Gardener
I think that it directly locks up reception of nutrients in much the same way that metals do, but I'll check in with the good Dr. Kiyomoto tomorrow morn and get a more definitive answer...