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#84298 February 17th, 2007 at 05:41 PM
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Help!!! It's dropping it's leaves what should I do?

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#84299 February 17th, 2007 at 05:42 PM
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My choc mint dies back every year for a bit no matter where I have it. It could just be going dormant. Is this an established plant or a seedling or what?

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#84300 February 17th, 2007 at 05:50 PM
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it was a cutting a few months ago but it has really grown so it's a plant but not a big plant. I was thinking about maybe cutting it back which was when I noticed that the leaves were turning black and falling off. If it's dormant is this a good time to cut it back?

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#84301 February 17th, 2007 at 06:01 PM
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Yes. I just mowed mine back when dormant.

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#84302 February 17th, 2007 at 06:15 PM
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Is this plant in your home and in its own container? Describing its current location would be helpful.

At this point if the plant seems well anchored in the soil, leave it be. Your light condition could have been enough to support the cutting getting established and growing to this point, but now that light is not enough to support a plant. When lighting requirements are not met a plant drops most of its leaves and concentrates energy on keeping the root system alive.

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#84303 February 18th, 2007 at 12:09 AM
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Well I cut it back. I've never had a problem with that window not providing enough light. It's east facing and I'm in zone 7a. But maybe the temps in the teens and it being a single pane window did something to it.

I did see that there was a fair amount of little tiny new growth at the left junctions. So many the new growth pushed out the old leaves?

You can tell I don't know much about this subject.


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