Continuous rains brought on by a succession of tropical depressions in the Philippines prompted a friend in Manila to send me a message of distress. "It has been raining for the past weeks and the sun rarely shines for long. I put the plants that you gave me in a dry place but some of the leaves are turning yellow. Help! I'm panicking, I'm afraid they might die. What should I do?", she asked.
FINDING BALANCE: Below, yellow leaves can be due to acute water deficiency or if the soil is always soggy. Above, the same plant bears flowers after the problem was corrected.
Two months earlier, my friend was in Bangkok to attend a meeting but before she came she sent me a message saying that she would like to take home some adenium hybrids but wouldn't have the time to go shopping for plants. When she arrived I had five plants waiting for her. She promised to take good care of them and to send me pictures of them happily growing in her garden. I have not been to her house but I had the impression that she was a seasoned gardener. Then came the distress message.
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