Many gardeners go through different ivory halo dogwood problems like leaf problems, growth problems, wilting, insect attacks, disease attacks and discoloration of the plant. These problems occur due to overwatering, underwatering, nutrient requirements, sunlight effect, temperature fluctuation, pests and diseases.
Such a round-shaped beautiful green plant like ivory halo dogwood is preferable to all gardeners. But the problems caused by the plant’s destruction. Hence, I want to share some personal experiences of myself, the problems that I faced with this plant and how I sorted them.
You can also check them from the below table-
|Stunted growth||Provide proper fertilizer to your plant|
|Wilting||Check the temperature issues|
|Pest||Use insecticide or homemade recipes|
|Diseases||Remove the affected parts and use bactericides|
|Discoloration of the plant||Keep them in warm places in too low temperature|
6 Common Problems Of Ivory Halo Dogwood With Their Solution
1. Ivory Halo Leaf Problems
Ivory halo dogwood plants face a lot of environmental issues which are expressed through different imbalanced appearances of the leaves. There are several causes that are responsible for those outlooks. Let’s see some of them which I faced in my plants.
- Brown leaves– The most common problem of ivory halo dogwood plants are brown Leaves which may be experienced by most gardeners. It is caused by overwatering problems and root rot issues.
- Brown leaves with black spots– This is another problem of leaves that is seen due to insect attacks.
- Yellow leaves– These are the symptoms of nutrient deficiency in the plant. Though ivory plants don’t need excessive nutrients, scarcity of nutrients will be deteriorating them.
- Yellow leaves with curly margins– Next, you may notice the problem of yellow leaves with curly margins and this may occur due to the excessive temperature.
- Drooping and Falling Of Leaves-
Falling of leaves may occur due to various reasons like disease attacks, pest attacks, watering or sunlight issues and temperature issues.
To sort out the leaf problems, firstly you can match your problem with the problem which I have mentioned already. Try to understand what kind of problem your plant is facing first. If it is due to overwatering, then stop providing much water to it and in severe cases, go for repotting.
Underwatering problems can be solved by providing water according to the plant demand which varies from season to season. It is also the solution to the temperature problem and sunlight issues.
Sometimes, plants face a great amount of nutrient deficiency. Provide liquid fertilizers to your plant if you can see chlorosis or such cases. But don’t apply too much fertilizer as it will cause leaf burn. Fertilizing once a year in the early spring is safe for the plant.
2. Stunted Growth
Next, I will discuss the stunted growth of the ivory halo dogwood plant which is mainly caused by potassium deficiency or nutrient scarcity. When the plant faces such a problem, the body fluids cannot run properly in the plant body and the vessels get injured.
Consequently, the food production system is hampered and the plant doesn’t get enough energy for its perfect growth. Hence, it gets stunted and the plant becomes weak.
As the main cause of stunted growth is potassium deficiency, you can apply potassium-based fertilizer to your plant. It may induce the activities of the plant and remove the stress of the plant.
Wilting means the pale situation of the plant when it cannot produce food and becomes weak completely. Wilting can be caused due to various reasons like bacterial attack, overwatering, underwatering, temperature fluctuation and sunlight issues.
When wilting occurs, the plant remains in almost the last stage of its life. If you don’t take proper initiatives to save the plant, it will die from that point.
Firstly, you need to identify what kind of wilting is caused in your plant and what’s the basic reason behind it as wilting can occur due to various problems.
Then, if you find that the causes are sunlight issues, temperature issues and watering factors, you can check the solutions mentioned previously that I applied to my plant. Use bactericide (Our pick) to kill the bacteria which causes wilting.
4. Insect Attack
Dogwood borer is the most common insect that affects this plant. Apart from that, scale insects, aphids, and mealybugs are also found on the different parts of the leaves and the whole body.
They suck the cell fluid or eat the leaves according to their nature. At that time, they not only take nutrients but also excrete and release different toxic substances. As a result, the plant cannot resist them completely and become weak.
If you see that they are low in number, you can remove them by handpicking. You may use needles or forceps also to pluck them. In case of a large population, you can first use a heavy water stream for them.
If they still exist, use industrial insecticides or homemade solutions. Homemade solutions will not create any side effects on your plant but they may work slowly.
Again, high doses of industrial insecticides may kill your plant. So you have to be skilled in using pesticides. But these chemicals work faster and sometimes better than homemade recipes.
Well, you can take insecticides or other organic materials according to your convenience and availability. (Our pick: Monterey LG 6145 70% Neem Oil Ready-To-Spray Insecticide, Miticide, & Fungicide)
The procedure for making some organic solutions is stated here-
- Neem oil:
½ teaspoon concentrated neem oil, ¼ teaspoon aloe vera powder, a few drops of oil and liquid soap are mixed properly with 1 gallon of water. Then, spray that mixture while watering.
- Baking soda:
Add 4 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 gallon of water and mix them. Then spray the affected parts and the whole plant.
The next problem comes about the disease parts. Diseases are the most devastating problems of ivory halo dogwood if you don’t apply the proper methods to control them. Canker, leaf blight, twig etc. are the common diseases of an ivory halo dogwood plant.
These bacterias or fungi or viruses enter into the plant body through different wounds made by insects or other mechanical effects.
After that, they start to clog different body activities. Viruses stop the production of chlorophyll and thus they start to control the mechanism of the plant. As a result, the plant loses its strength due to imbalanced nutrition and the pathogen effect.
Firstly, cut down the disease parts completely so that the disease cannot spread to other parts. Then drain out the soil as bacteria can move through the water. Then use industrial chemicals or homemade recipes as I stated in the insect attack part.
6. Discoloration of the Plant
Plant discoloration means that the plant gets a faded or pale color losing its ultimate natural glossy surface. It may happen due to nutrient deficiency or insufficient chlorophyll production.
Sometimes, frost attacks also make the plant color flabby because too low temperature causes the body fluid to almost crystallize and it cannot get a proper environment for conducting the body activities. Though it loves to grow in cool places, too-low temperatures ruin its appearance.
Try to keep your plant in a warm place during the frost period. Again, try to maintain the essential needs of your plant which can be microclimate or other factors.
How Can I Save My Dogwood Plant?
To save your ivory halo dogwood plant from different problems, you can follow the procedure of pruning which means the removal of excessive branches of the plant. Cut off the diseased parts of the plant.
Again, you can continue a regular pruning of 15 cm every six months. This will help to grow new foliage parts and will reduce the attack of pests and diseases. Food production will also be facilitated in this way.
Mulching means covering the plant soil with materials like polythene, carbon paper or water hyacinth to preserve the moisture of the plant. Mulching materials help in two ways-
- They conserve moisture during summer
- They increase the heat in the soil during winter
Though different mulches act in different ways. But they are beneficial in case of moisture level. You can easily keep the plant warm or cool by using such materials.
Checking Water Status
Watering is a big issue for ivory halo dogwood plants. Too much watering or too less watering both are harmful as these initiate problems like plant wilting, disease attack, yellow leaves etc. So make sure that you are watering your plant as necessary. You can pinch your finger or use a moisture meter (Our pick) to understand clearly whether your plant needs water or not.
Improving Soil pH
Improving or increasing the soil pH may help the plant in different ways. Slightly acidic soil is full of nutrients. Again, microbial activities are facilitated in this soil which improves the plant strength.
Acidic soil is also less preferable for insects and so soil-borne insects and pathogens cannot harm much to the plant much. Thus the improved soil pH helps the plant to grow in a better way. But make sure that the pH should go less than 6.
Shading sometimes becomes a major fact for the plant during the summer season. Too much sunlight burns the leaves and increases the transpiration rate which creates a huge force on the vascular bundles and the root system.
At that time, polythene shade will be the perfect solution. Polythene will not only save them from scorching sunlight but also will supply indirect bright sunlight which is useful for them.
Caring Guides of Ivory Halo Dogwood
|Soil medium||Slightly acidic soil|
|Sunlight||Full sunlight and partial shade|
|Temperature||45°F to 95°F|
|Watering||Moderate watering when it is needed|
Q: Can a diseased leaf revive again?
Ans: No. A diseased leaf cannot revive again fully or get its perfect appearance as before. But sometimes, if the leaf or some part is just susceptible to the disease, but not properly attacked yet, it can be saved.
Q: Is the ivory halo dogwood plant toxic?
Ans: No. Plant researchers or gardeners haven’t found any consensus or symptom of toxicity in ivory halo dogwood plants. Thus, it can be called a safe houseplant.
Q: What kind of climate can keep the plant surviving best?
Ans: Cool climate. Too warm a temperature can make them susceptible to diseases and make them stressed. But they don’t face such problems in low temperatures. That’s why I try to keep them in such a place to keep them stress-free. But make sure that the temperature is not too low.
So, I have reached the end point of the ivory halo dogwood problems. Meanwhile, I have discussed the most common problems of this plant and how to cope with them.
I also mentioned some points as precautions so that you can save your plant from those common problems before an attack. So you can try them if you think it is reliable and get a glossy garden with this plant.
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