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A Problem Shared

By Ozhene @papaver
Dear (insert name of favorite problem page)
My Magnolia 'Fairy Blush' is poorly, it has been declining pretty much from day 1 of planting which was two years ago.  At first I thought it was just sulking, many plants sulk after being planted and I had no reason to believe that Fairy Blush was not just having a teenage moment and refusing to get out of bed.
A problem sharedBut then the leaves started to get that yellow look, yes, that yellow look that means all is not well. Following the yellow look came the brown dying leaf look, this is never a good look.
A problem sharedBut I hear you cry, you claim to have acid soil, why does it look so poorly when your soil should make it happy?
A problem sharedI thought the same,  I thought the same.  My only conclusion is that the specific area where I planted it is not as acid as some other parts of the garden.  What am I to do?
A problem sharedbest wishes
Worried of Leicester
Dear Worried of Leicester
You have answered your own problem, you know you have other areas of the your garden that has more acid soil, so move the plant, yes, move it, its looks like it might not last where it is so what's to lose?
A problem sharedYou have written as if you think the shrub is dying, so if it dies as a result of moving it you have lost nothing.  If you move it and it improves then all will be well.  It might be worth after moving it giving it a good feed, just to set it off on the right path.
Good luck!
Yours exasperated with answering self-evident problemsAunty Jean 

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