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  • Sick looking Galicia Negra

    Got myself a Galicia Negra, but it doesn't look so healthy. Hopefully it bounces back and put on some growth before the summer ends. I don't know what the brown spots are.

    I removed it from it's old mix. It was mostly pine bark with little dirt. I was surprised to how much roots it had. The new mix consist of Miracle gro nature's care potting mix, perlite, vermiculite, iron tone, wormcasting, and is sitting in the shade.

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    The leaves look nutrient deficient, Several doses of a dilute Water Soluble Fertilizer should green them up quickly.
    Also young fig roots need a well aerated mix for best growth. Please keep us updated on its progress.
    Good Luck.
    Pete R - Hudson Valley, NY - zone 5b

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    • #3
      Looks pretty saturated for small tree. I suggest as Pete. Maybe loosen up mix around roots a bit and add some large perlite or clay pebbles. Even some rocks. Nothing absorb. Wait for it to dry up a bit then hit with good fert/water. Just in my on experience.
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      • #4
        I removed as much of the old stuff as possible. I should have rinsed it off, but it's potted now. I have it sitting in the shade. The person I got it from said it was about 70% harden to sun.
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        • AscPete
          AscPete commented
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          Just curious...
          Was there any signs (pellets, etc) of fertilizer in the old potting mix?
          Usually the pale leaves are an indication of extended Nitrogen and or Magnesium (nutrient) deficiency.

          In most cases simply up potting the entire root ball of small plants results in less transplant shock and faster recovery and growth..

      • #5
        Summer shipping is rough on plants in active growth. I'm sure in a few weeks after is settles into it's new home it will push out some new leaves which look just fine. It will probably drop some or all of the leaves it has now in the process, not a worry with that many roots.
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        • #6
          The spots look like fungus and nothing to worry about. Agree with Pete it is 100% a nitrogen deficiency. I run in to it all the time as I try to keep my plants throttled back on nitrogen so they don't grow too fast as it makes shipping harder. There is a fine line though and too little N and that is exactly what happens.
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          • #7
            No there wasn't any pellets or fertilizers from what I can tell. Looked to be just coir, wood chips, and perlite.
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            • #8
              Thanks for the reply.
              The original potting mix looked like it was working quite well for promoting healthy root growth, the only missing ingredient seemed to have been a balanced (complete nutrients) fertilizer.
              Good luck.
              Pete R - Hudson Valley, NY - zone 5b

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              • Chrisk
                Chrisk commented
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                Good call Pete. Like you also said previously up potting without disturbing the roots has worked very well for me on small plants. Disturbing the root system when not dormant seems to be a bit risky. What kind of fertilizer would you use. Standard 10-10-10 ok? Mg all purpose or tomato food ok?

              • AscPete
                AscPete commented
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                I usually fertigate with Dilute MG fertilizer, from a topic @ F4F, http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post?id=6837609 I've gotten good continuous growth using this simple procedure. You could use any complete water soluble fertilizer that includes all the macro and micro nutrients or hydroponic fertilizers.

              • Chrisk
                Chrisk commented
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                Awesome. Thanks Pete.

            • #9
              She is alive! Well she was always alive, but now I see growth with two buds opening up. The diluted MG, Epsom salt along with fish emulsion is working. I also change a bit of the mix into something with more pine bark and perlite to get more air to the roots. Thank you so much for the tips and advice.

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              • #10
                Wow, those new leaves look very healthy. I hope it continues to grow strong for you.
                Frank ~ zone 7a VA

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                • #11
                  WooHoo...we need more GNs. Keep up the good fight!!! Excited to see that things have turned around for you.
                  Greg, Maine, zone 5. Wish List: Green Michurinska

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                  • #12
                    Wow. What a lovely transformation.
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