VIP Signup

For special offers, discount coupons, and garden tips, please join our VIP List by filling in the information below and clicking on Join.

Zip Code

What's on Sale This Week

Save Now


Diagnosing Plant Problems

Over-watering                                               Under-watering

Brown or black spots on leaves                                          Soil feels dry
Stems look mushy                                                                Plant is wilted
Plant is wilted
Soil feels wet


  • Holes in leaves
  • Chewed leaves, distorted leaves
  • Pin-size holes in stem
  • Back of leaves look silvery with tiny black spots
  • Leaves look rusty


  • Too little fertilizer – stunted yellow growth
  • Too much fertilizer – leaves have brown, damaged looking edges, leaves may turn black
  • A slight excess can cause rich lush growth, usually with no flowering which can suffer damage at onset of cold


  • White powdery substance on the leaves
  • Browning and spotting of the leaves
  • Other Plant Problems


  • Bark stripped off trees and shrubs
  • If top of plant dies for no apparent reason, roots may have been eaten by grubs or gophers

Tree Graft

  • Union may not be compatible; though the tree has appeared to thrive for several years
  • Tree goes into unexplainable decline

These are just a few of the things which can damage otherwise healthy plants.  Hopefully these general guidelines will head you in the right direction to alleviate the problem and prevent future ones!