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Unhappy Miracle Berry Plant

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Hello All,

Getting excited for the growing season here, seeing all the trees waking up from their hibernation with all their little buds & flowers, bees all around & my bird pairs are being all cute together.

1 thing that is't thriving right now is my poor Miracle Berry Plant Synsepalum dulcificum, could you help at all?

Looks so dry is it from the frost winter damage or is it something in the soil ? I have definitely kept it well watered as everything else around it is alive & thriving.

I received it early march 2016.

Growing in a medium sized pot with fruit tree potting mix with volcanic rock dust, fruit tree slow release fertilizer, watered 1-2 times per day in summer & 1-2 times a week in cold season, growing in Cabramatta nsw.

Thank you for any help.

Regards, Farouk
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FAIRFIELD EAST,2165,NSW
22nd August 2017 4:45pm
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Julie says...
Looks to be in need of iron, but hard to tell without a closeup of the leaf. Can you post one?
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24th August 2017 7:41pm
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denise1 says...
It looks good to me for this time of year. Remember they are an acid loving plant so need a fertiliser made for azalea, but with slow release already in it you dont want to over feed it -only feed if the slow release timing is over. SOMETIMES they do better in some semishade. Also it may be eager to be planted out and put some leaf mulch under it.
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Farouk says...
thanks I got a hill of mulch dropped off the other day, will try mulching it & still negotiating with my self if I should put it in the ground or leave it in a pot, it's not that big of a tree/shrublike.
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Farouk says...
Thanks Julie, I will try to get some close ups of it tonight or in morning.
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Farouk says...
I went outside to look at the plants Saturday Morning & discovered a branch has broken off of it on the floor ? :(

I picked up the branch & was so sad but maybe it's good, maybe it will respond & grow new shoots due to this.

I picked it up so I can see whats happened & it seems like its been ripped off by hand or maybe my cats got too excited with the branch not sure.

I put it in a small pot with good potting soil & mixed with volcanic rockdust & dipped it in Clonex Gel rooting hormone as an experiment.

This branch had a few flower buds on it that haven't opened yet!

I looked at the mother plant & it also has a few flower buds on it, not expecting any flowers to pollinate/become fruit as the plant doesn't appear too happy, once the flowers open up I will try to assist with pollination by gently shaking the tree.

Unfortunately the branch that fell off had the most flowers on it, it seems.

It is early season here so hoping more flowers will pop up.
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