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by Ashizuru on November 10, 2004 01:25 AM
Hi there,
I have been growing Yaks for about 3 years
in contianers about 15 ltr size, I grow them in a acid 50- 50 mix of pulverized composted pine bark and peat,up to now they have grown happily, with beautiful blooms and good growth, but this year I have lost three plants due to root rot, I water them with rain water,in the summer months as they need it, in the winter maybe once a month.I collect the water in a butt from my roof it holds about 700 ltrs it is rare that it ever gets below half empty. is there any body out there who could give me some advice on improving my growing technique.
Ashizuru.
by catlover on November 10, 2004 02:57 AM
Welcome to The Garden Helper Ashizuru [wayey]

Wanted to inform you I am moving your post to plants and flowers where you will hopefully get an answer sooner.
Catlover [kitty]

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by njoynit on November 14, 2004 08:48 AM
how long has it been since you re potted your plants?

root rot could be a spider mite in the soil or poor drainage.
the soil spider would be grayish or whiteish and may be small.in the states we have a soil mix for azealias/camillias.you may look for something like that.and check your drainage.
my mom grows hers in containers.mines in ground& actually surpriseingly sported a bloom..well 4 flowers of one....on one branch.never had it do that b4.
Hope was some help.if is spider mite in soil.I'm not sure what ya use over there.I use insecasidial soap spray.Is organic.

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by Ashizuru on November 15, 2004 01:20 AM
Hi there, thankyou for your reply, I will try what you suggested,
regards Ashizuru.

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