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Thanks, Diane. That is helpful. We have learned from these plants (among other things) that we don't have all of the resources in place that we need for landscaping maintenance at City Hall. We're evaluating some solutions for the 2016 budget.
diane driver - personal email
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 4:47 PM
Re: City Hall trees
From: Diane Driver - Personal Email Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 4:47 PMTo: Lauren PalmerSubject: Re: City Hall trees
The trees are Tropical Hibiscus. Under watering and overwatering have similar symptoms. On two different occasions, I have watered them. Both times, they were very dry.They take 4-5 gals. per watering and then should dry out. One problem is that they are in a pot within a pot. Since they are tropical they will not survive the winter outside. This planting technique was done so they would be easy to remove from the big planter and keep over the winter. My impression was that they were not rooting in as well as desired and that is why they are leaning when they get too dry. The south side trees are Oleander and are also planted pot within a pot. They usually require as much if not more water than hibiscus, but they seem to be very happy.
I have some root accelerator at home and will bring a dose by tomorrow.
If the hibiscus were being over-watered, the lantana (the flower below it) would show stress.
Hopefully this helps.
Can you provide Alysen with the vendor's maintenance recommendations for the two new trees/plants at the north entrance to City Hall, or remind us of the species so we can investigate ourselves? Bob Fluchel commented that the tree sagging is likely the result of overwatering. For a while we didn't have anyone watering; now I fear we have too many cooks in the kitchen. At our staff meeting this week, several admitted that they had been watering the plants or witnessed several others take a turn. I'm sure the on-again, off-again rain storms are a contributing factor, too. We just want to communicate to the staff about responsibilities and maintenance standards.
Lauren Palmer, ICMA-CM
City of Parkville
8880 Clark Avenue
Parkville, MO 64152