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Eugenia in crisis


Question: Eugenia in crisis


All of Eugenia's plants suddenly dried up. I water them every week and every 3 months I added some fertilizer that recommended my nursery. Detaching a sprig the plants seem to me still alive. What do you advise me to do? I thank you in advance

Answer: Eugenia in crisis


Dear Niamaro,
Eugenia myrtifolia is a plant, of the same family as myrtle that grows wild in Sardinia, not very common in cultivation in Italy; it is a large shrub, or small tree, evergreen, with a beautiful spring flowering, followed by edible red berries, with which sauces and jams are prepared in other parts of the world.
This shrub is well resistant to cold, although perhaps last winter was decidedly stiff, so your plants could have been damaged due to the cold.
It is an evergreen plant, which in theory has no vegetative rest periods; in reality, as with many other evergreens, when the climate becomes unfavorable, these plants also enter a period of semi-vegetative rest.
During the winter months therefore the plants should not be watered, if not sporadically, and only when the climate is decidedly mild, with temperatures above 10-12 ° C; in your email you do not indicate where you live, so it is difficult to understand the conditions in which your plants were grown.
Surely a weekly watering is not a valid indication, for any plant existing on earth: plants are living beings, and as such their cultivation needs vary with the seasons.
ero these plants do not tolerate drought very well, but watering is provided only if and when the soil is well dry; this means that in July we will have to water them every two or three days, while in January we will be able to completely avoid supplying water; also the fertilizations are supplied only in the warm months, from March to September, since in the cold months the plants do not grow, they do not produce flowers, they do not produce new leaves, and therefore they do not need mineral salts in the soil. If we supply these, they either remain in the ground, accumulating until they become harmful to the roots, or they are washed away by watering and rain water, becoming harmful to the environment.
Your plants are therefore suffering, with good probability, from the excesses of watering; now you will have to try to dry the soil well, and adjust the future watering following the rule described above: when the soil is dry, water it again.
To stimulate the development of new foliage it is convenient to slightly shorten all the branches of your plants, so as to remove the dry leaves and favor the development of shoots.