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Lychee

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Steve the Geo starts with ...
Gidday

Currently living in the hills just east of Perth and trying to grom a Lychee (Wai Chee) and Mango (Bowen).

Both plants are only a couple of years old and are being somewhat stubborn.

With the Lychee, it tries to put out growing tips which promptly wither and die. The leaves that have survived seem OK apart from some minor necrosis on the leaf edges. I actually transplanted it to see if it would like a different position - it grew rapidly for about 2 months, after which, the tips began withering again.

With the Mango, it appears healthy apart form the fact that it will put on a spurt of growth of a couple of inches then stop - no sign any disease etc.

The soils we have in the hills are relatively poor - laterite over granite and water can be a problem. Definately hard work trying to satisfy them.

I also have a Macadamia seedling about 1.5m high that also seems to suffer from the withering tip syndrome.

They all get a reasonable amount of water - could this be anthracnose?

Cheers


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bsilver says...
Wai Chee is a really slow grower . Lychees grown out of area slow anyway . hot winds and intense sunlight do not suit it ;in fact they are picky ,finicky and will not perform if they do not get what they want.Humidity summer rain .winter drought and moderate summer temps. suit them .
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Anonymous says...
Steve, if I were you, I would give Wandilla Nursery a call, they are located in Wattle Grove and stock many tropicals, including lychees, and also they would be familiar with your soil and climatic condition out in the hills. They are very helpful and are usually happy to give advice over the phone, I have found.
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shim says...
Does anyoen know how a lychee is harvested?
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