I thought it might be overwatering, but I'm pretty sure that I'm not
now, and poor old Chester is still turning yellow from the bottom up.
Is there anything that I can do to counteract the overwatering that I
might have done?
I've ordered a moisture probe, so the guesswork will be taken out of
watering soon, but I'm starting to get a little concerned that I've
Ta for any advice,
Is Chester a houseplant? If so the yellow leaves could be just part o
the growing pattern with the older leaves dying off, the plant i
rootbound and needs to be repotted or a nutrient problem. Generally
nutrient problem would show in the newly emerging leaves.
Cheers Newt - yes, Chester is a swiss cheese plant - and the new leaves
seem to be fine. Perhaps he needs repotting - it's been about 18 months
since he was put into his current pot. I'll give it a try. Many thanks,
Yes, many years ago. As a child I remember my father bringing the fruit
of this home on several occasions. Perhaps a colleague gave them to him.
The plant is known as "fruit salad plant" here, and IIRC it's an
appropriate name - the fruit tasted like a combination of tropical
fruits. Mostly I remember the smell of the fruits, though - very
On searching out some information I found that you should only eat ripe
fruit - the unripe fruit and other parts of the plant are high in oxalic
acid and will irritate the mouth and throat. You will know when the fruit
is ripe enough as the skin starts to fall off by itself. Not for the
impatient, though - the fruit takes about 12 months from flowering to
Cranebrook, NSW, Australia
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