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By Roger

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom Gb

Why are my little fir trees going brown and I assume dying off , or is there something I can do about it ?




They look quite delicate could it be the wet and the cold winds?

16 May, 2013


They look like Cupressus macrocarpa Goldcrest - Lemon Goldcrest. They are hardy but are damaged by wind and if the soil is too damp. The pots look large for the size of plant, so I am assuming the pot is getting too wet and that is causing rot. Not sure if the last 3 are salvageable, I would cut off the brown bits of the others.

16 May, 2013


You could also raise the pots up on 'pot feet' to give them better drainage.

16 May, 2013


oh dear, reminds me of my goldcrest which is also struggling right now.

Quick question - how can the wind damage this plant?

17 May, 2013


Cold winds and low air temperature can freeze the contents of plant cells, effectively drying them out. Softer new plant growth, or growth of plants not hardened off by a gradual exposure to the cold, can suffer and be killed.

17 May, 2013


The worst thing for them is salt spray. A lot of people use them as hedging as they are sold everywhere and cheaply. Come winter then the salt form roads is sprayed all over them and that causes them to brown.

They also hate winter wind and too much wet - they tend to have black rot rather than browning IME. I think that above is overpotting and resultant rot.

17 May, 2013


Thanks very much everyone for your help, I didn't realise that they didn'y like too much water which I think must be my problem

19 May, 2013

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