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Black gum
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Black gum
Nyssa sylvatica
Also known as : Sour gum, Beetlebung
Nyssa sylvatica, commonly known as black gum and tupelo, is a deciduous tree native to eastern regions of North America. It is a medium-sized tree, often cultivated as an ornamental in parks due to the beautiful scarlet color of its autumn leaves.
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Black gum requires plenty of water when it is young. Long and deep watering is the rule, so use a sprinkler on the surrounding soil for three-quarters of an hour. Adult trees only require watering in times of drought, and then the same irrigation method is necessary once per week.
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Black gum benefits from the application of fertilizer once a year in the fall. Quantity is important: 2 cups of fertilizer should be used for every inch of trunk width (measure the trunk at a height of 1.2 m). Spread the fertilizer around the tree to one-and-a-half times the spread of its branches.
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Trim the diseased, withered leaves once a month.
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What's the best method to water my Black gum?
You might want to put a garden hose at the plant base to ensure that you're promoting excellent root development. Avoid directly spraying the leaves, and know that the leaves will require more watering if they are outdoors and facing direct sunlight. You can also use bubblers that you can put on to each plant to moisten the roots. Also, use soaker hoses that can cover the entire garden or bed when adding or removing plants to push the roots deeply. Drain any excess water and wait for the soil to dry before watering. Water at ground level to prevent diseases. On a sunny day, you might want to spray the entire bush with water. Whether potted or in-ground, please remember Black gum prefers deep watering over light sprinkling.
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What should I do if I water Black gum too much/too little?
An overwatered Black gum can start to have leaves that turn yellow, drop off and wilt. The plant can also look dull and unhealthy, with signs of mushy stems. When they are beginning to show these signs, it's best to adjust your schedule whenever possible.
The wilting can also be a sign of under watering as well. You might see that the leaves begin to turn crispy and dry while the overwatered ones will have soft wilted leaves. Check the soil when it is dry and watering is not enough, give it a full watering in time. Enough water will make the Black gum recover again, but the plant will still appear dry and yellow leaves after a few days due to the damaged root system. Once it return to normal, the leave yellowing will stop .
Always check the moisture levels at the pot when you have the Black gum indoors. Avoid overwatering indoors and see if there are signs of black spots. If these are present, let the soil dry in the pot by giving it a few days of rest from watering.
Overwatering can lead to root rot being present in your plant. If this is the case, you might want to transfer them into a different pot, especially if you see discolored and slimy roots. Always prevent root rot as much as possible, and don't let the soil become too soggy.
You should dig a little deeper when you plant your Black gum outdoors. When you check with your fingers and notice that the soil is too dry, it could mean underwatering. Adequate watering is required to help the plant recover.
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How often should I water my Black gum?
The Black gum likes deep and infrequent watering. You would want to soak them in a gallon of water each time, especially when they are planted in pots. The water storage of flower pots is limited and the soil will dry out faster. Watering is required every 3 to 5 days when living in a cold region. Water it early in the morning when the soil is dry, outdoors or indoors. You can also determine if watering is needed by checking the soil inside. When the top 2-3 inches of soil is dry, it is time to give the plant a full watering. During hot days, you may need to check the moisture daily, as the heat can quickly dry out the soil in the pot.
Irrigation of the soil is also required if you have a garden. When you live in a hot climate, you might want to water once a week. Only water when you notice that about 2 to 3 inches of soil become too dry outdoors or indoors. Consider the amount of rainwater on the plant and ensure not to add to it to prevent root rot.You may not need additional watering of the plants if there is a lot of rainfall.Black gum generally grows during spring and fall. When they are outdoors, you need to add mulch about 3 to 4 inches deep to conserve more water.
You need to water the plants more frequently in sandy soil because this type tends to drain faster. However, with the clay one, you need to water this less frequently where you could go for 2-3 days to dry the plant and not develop any root rot. You could mark the date on the calendar whenever you water and when you notice that the leaves are starting to droop. This can mean that you might be a day late.
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How much water do I need to give my Black gum?
The Black gum generally needs about a gallon of water each schedule,With the potted plants, you might want to water them deeply until you see that the water is dripping at the bottom of the pot. Then, wait for the soil to dry before watering them again. You can use a water calculator or a moisture meter to determine the amount you've given to your plant in a week. Provide plenty of water, especially in the flowering period, but let the moisture evaporate afterwards to prevent root rot.
If Black gum is planted outdoor with adequate rainfall, it may not need additional watering. When Black gum is young or newly planted, make sure it gets 1-2 inches of rain per week. As Black gum continues to grow, it can survive entirely on rainfall. Only when the weather is too hot, or when there is no rainfall at all for 2-3 weeks, then consider giving Black gum a full watering during the cooler moment of the day to prevent the plant from suffering from high heat damage. Additional watering will be required during persistent dry spells.
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Should I adjust the watering frequency for my Black gum according to different seasons or climates?
The Black gum needs outdoors come from rain, with only persistent dry weather requiring watering. Throughout the spring and fall growing seasons, the soil needs to be kept moist but not soggy, and alternating dry and moist soil conditions will allow the Black gum to grow well. Throughout the summer, hot weather can cause water to evaporate too quickly, and if there is a lack of rainfall, you will need to water more frequently and extra to keep it moist.
Usually, the Black gum will need less water during the winter. Since the Black gum will drop their leaves and go dormant, you can put them into a well-draining but moisture-retentive soil mixture like the terracotta to help the water evaporate quicker. Once your Black gum growing outdoors begins to leaf out and go dormant, you can skip watering altogether and in most cases Black gum can rely on the fall and winter rains to survive the entire dormant period.
After the spring, you can cultivate your Black gum and encourage it to grow and bloom when the temperature becomes warmer.This plant is not generally a fan of ponding or drought when flowering. You must ensure that the drainage is good at all times, especially during the winter.
When the plant is in a pot, the plant has limited root growth. Keep them well-watered, especially if they are planted in pots during summer. They don't like cold and wet roots, so provide adequate drainage, especially if they are still growing.
It's always best to water your Black gum’s diligently. Get the entire root system into a deep soak at least once or twice a week, depending on the weather. It's best to avoid shallow sprinkles that reach the leaves since they generally encourage the growth of fungi and don't reach deep into the roots. Don't allow the Black gum’s to dry out completely in the fall or winter, even if they are already dormancy.
Don't drown the plants because they generally don't like sitting in water for too long. They can die during winter if the soil does not drain well. Also, apply mulch whenever possible to reduce stress, conserve water, and encourage healthy blooms.
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What should I be careful with when I water my Black gum in different seasons, climates, or during different growing periods?
If planting in the ground, Black gum mostly relies on rain. However, if there is no rainfall for 2-3 weeks, you may need to give proper consideration to giving the plants a deep watering. If watering Black gum in summer, you should try to do it in the morning. A large temperature difference between the water temperature and the root system can stress the roots. You need to avoid watering the bushes when it's too hot outside. Start mulching them during the spring when the ground is not too cold.
The age of the plants matter. Lack of water is one of the most common reasons the newly planted ones fail to grow. After they are established, you need to ease off the watering schedule.
Reduce watering them during the fall and winter, especially if they have a water-retaining material in the soil. The dry winds in winter can dry them out, and the newly planted ones can be at risk of drought during windy winter, summer, and fall. Windy seasons mean that there's more watering required. The ones planted in the pot tend to dry out faster, so they need more watering. Once you see that they bloom less, the leaves begin to dry up.
Potted plants are relatively complex to water and fluctuate in frequency. Always be careful that the pot-planted plant don't sit in the water. Avoid putting them in containers with saucers, bowls, and trays. Too much watering in the fall can make the foliage look mottled or yellowish. It's always a good idea to prevent overwatering them regardless of the current climate or season that you might have. During the months when Black gum begins to flower, you might want to increase the watering frequency but give it a rest once they are fully grown.
Give them an adequate amount of water once every 3 to 5 days but don't give them regular schedules. Make sure the soil is dry by sticking your finger in the pot, or use a moisture meter if you're unsure if it's the right time. Too much root rot can cause them to die, so be careful not to overwater or underwater regardless of the climate or season you have in your area.
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Why is watering my Black gum important?
Watering the Black gum helps transport the needed nutrients from the soil to the rest of the plant. The moisture will keep this species healthy if you know how much water to give. The watering requirements will depend on the weather in your area and the plant's soil.
The Black gum thrives on moist soil, but they can't generally tolerate waterlogging. Ensure to provide enough mulch when planted on the ground and never fall into the trap of watering too little. They enjoy a full can of watering where the water should be moist at the base when they are planted in a pot to get the best blooms.
If they are grown as foliage, you need to water them up to a depth of 10 to 20 inches so they will continue to grow. If it's raining, refrain from watering and let them get the nutrients they need from the rainwater.
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Attributes of Black gum

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Perennial
Plant Type
Tree
Planting Time
Spring, Fall
Bloom Time
Summer
Harvest Time
Fall
Plant Height
20 m to 25 m
Spread
6 m to 9 m
Leaf Color
Green
Red
Orange
Purple
Blue
Yellow
Flower Size
1.3 cm
Flower Color
Green
Yellow
White
Fruit Color
Black
Blue
Stem Color
Green
Red
Yellow
Blue
Orange
Black
Dormancy
Winter dormancy
Leaf type
Deciduous
Ideal Temperature
0 - 35 ℃
Growth Season
Spring, Summer
Pollinators
Beetles, Wasps, Flies
Benefits to Pollinating Insects
Adult food, Larval food
Growth Rate:Moderate
In spring and summer, black gum exhibits moderate growth marked by the steady emergence of its notable glossy dark green foliage. This medium-paced development allows for heightened drought resistance during warm seasons, while conservatively balancing resources for height increase. Observably, black gum heightens more distinctly in summers, indicating seasonal growth speed variation.

Name story

Black gum
Its common name is used to distinguish the Nyssa genus plants from other plants. As her tree bark displayed a black surface with a similar wrinkled texture to alligator skin. Although none of the parts have any sticky and gelatinous substance, it is still called black gum.
Black tupelo
Tupelo is a plant from the Native American origin, coming from the Creek words ito meaning "tree" and opilwa meaning "swamp". It was used during the mid-18th century. While these trees are often known simply as "tupelo", the complete name, black tupelo helps distinguish it from the other species from the tupelo genus.

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Garden Use
Black gum (Nyssa sylvatica) is a deciduous tree that has a wide, rounded crown that makes it a popular shade tree for parks and larger gardens. Its brilliant foliage and branches give it an attractive appearance all year round. This tree looks great with differently-colored species like sweetgum, southern magnolia, and Carolina allspice.

Trivia and Interesting Facts

Black gum is a popular tree for beekeepers to use as a bee gum, or sections of hollow trees to cultivate honey. Bee gums have been used since the beginning of 20th century, especially the southeastern United States. The general idea of bee gums can be performed in different types of trees, but the use of the black gum is how bee gums got their names.

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Brown spot
This infection can cause brown spots or patches to appear on the plant.
Solutions: In minor cases of brown spot, there isn’t any need to treat the disease. However, if much of the foliage is affected and defoliation occurs, the plant will benefit from getting rid of the infection. It is recommended to start by applying organic treatment options, working up to the more potent synthetic, chemical fungicides if necessary. Organic options won’t kill the fungus, but will prevent it from spreading. Dissolve ½ teaspoon of baking soda and one teaspoon of liquid soap in a gallon of water. Using a spray bottle, spray on tops and bottoms of leaves until the mixture drips off. Repeat every two weeks until existing spots stop enlarging and new spots no longer appear. Spray a copper-based fungicidal soap on the leaves, coating the top and bottom leaf surfaces. Reapply as directed on the product label. Copper penetrates the leaf surface and prevents germination of spores so the fungus cannot spread. Apply an all-purpose fungicide to the entire plant, following the label instructions carefully.
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Fruit withering
Fungal infection or normal ripening can cause the fruit to dry out.
Solutions: There are a number of appropriate solutions to control fruit withering: Remove any fruit as soon as it shows any signs of infection. Do not compost. Use a fungicide prior to leaf bud and then as per manufacturers instructions throughout the season.
Leaf beetles
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Leaf beetles
Leaf beetles are a class of colored insects 1 to 2 cm in size. They gnaw on leaves and petals resulting in small, round holes scattered over the surface.
Solutions: For less serious cases: Remove beetles, nymphs, and eggs. Remove all life stages of the beetles and kill them by placing them in a bucket of warm, soapy water. This can be done more easily by placing the bucket under affected leaves and shaking the plant. This method is most effective in the afternoon when leaf beetles are more active. Always dispose of insects in a sealed bag or container to avoid escape and spread. To treat more serious infestations: Apply organic insecticides. Use naturally-derived insecticides before moving on to synthetic insecticides. Neem oil and pyrethrum are naturally-derived insecticides that should be applied following label instructions. Apply synthetic insecticides. Examples of insecticides effective for leaf beetles include carbaryl, permethrin, and bifenthrin. Apply insecticides according to label instructions.
Black spot
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Black spot
Infection by the black spot pathogen causes black spots or patches to appear on leaves.
Solutions: Some steps to take to address black spot include: Prune away any infected leaves, cleaning the pruners between plants with a 10% bleach solution so that the fungus does not spread to healthy leaves. Don't compost pruned plant parts as the spores can linger in the soil for a long period of time - instead, dispose of them in the trash. Use an approved fungicide such as Trifloxystrobin, Chlorothalonil, Maneb, or Myclobutanil. Use a spreader in the fungicide spray to ensure better coverage.
Underwatering yellow
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Underwatering yellow
A lack of water will cause the leaves to gradually turn yellow starting at the base of the branch while the entire plant appears to wilt.
Solutions: Your plant is very thirsty and needs water promptly. You can revive your plant by giving it water. The easiest technique is to slowly pour water into your plant’s soil so that the whole surface is moistened. If you pour the water too quickly, the water will flow directly through rather than diffusing throughout the soil. If your plant’s pot does not have drainage holes, do not give your plant more than about a third of the pot’s volume of water. If your plant’s pot does have drainage holes, you can add water slowly until the soil is thoroughly moistened and the water flows freely through the pot. If you trim off yellow leaves to improve the plant’s appearance, do not remove more than a third of the plant’s leaves. It may be better to wait until leaves have died and fallen off to remove them.
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Brown spot
This infection can cause brown spots or patches to appear on the plant.
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Discolored spots on the foliage of plants are one of the most common disease problems people observe. These spots are caused by fungal and bacterial diseases, with most infections related to a fungal pathogen.
Brown spot can occurs on all houseplants, flowering ornamentals, vegetable plants, and leaves of trees, bushes, and shrubs. No plants are resistant to it, and the problem is worse in warm, wet environments. It can occur at any point in the life stage as long as leaves are present.
Small brownish spots appear on the foliage and enlarge as the disease progresses. In severe cases, the plant or tree is weakened when the lesions interrupt photosynthesis or cause defoliation.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
In most cases, brown spot only affects a small percentage of the whole plant, appearing on a small amount of the leaves. A small infection only puts minor stress on the plant. However, if left untreated and the disease progresses over numerous seasons, it will severely impact the health and productivity of the infected specimen.
  • Sporulation begins (reproduction of the fungal spores), and tiny spots appear on leaves.
  • Placement is often random and scattered as diseases are spread through raindrops.
  • May appear on lower leaves and the interior of the plant where humidity is higher.
  • Brown spots enlarge and grow large enough to touch neighboring spots to form a more prominent blotch.
  • Leaf margins may turn yellow.
  • Tiny black dots (fruiting bodies of the fungi) appear in the dead spots.
  • Blotches grow in size until the entire leaf is brown.
  • The leaf falls off the plant.
Severe Symptoms
  • Partial or complete premature defoliation
  • Reduced growth
  • Increased susceptibility to pests and other diseases
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
Brown spot, or leaf spot, is a common descriptive term given to several diseases affecting the leaves of plants and trees. Around 85% of diseases exhibiting leaf spots are due to fungus or fungus-like organisms. Sometimes brown spot is caused by a bacterial infection, or insect activity with similar symptoms.
When conditions are warm and the leaf surfaces are wet, fungal spores being transported by wind or rain land on the surface and cling to it. They do not rupture the cell walls but grow in the space between the plant plasma membrane and the plant cell wall. As the spores reproduce, they release toxins and enzymes that cause necrotic spots (i.e., dead tissue) on the leaves, allowing the fungi to consume the products released when the cells degrade.
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Fungal infection or normal ripening can cause the fruit to dry out.
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Overview
Fruit withering is common on many tree fruits, including apples, pears, peaches, cherries, and plums, as well as fruiting shrubs. It is caused by a fungal pathogen and will result in wrinkled and desiccated fruit.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Here are the most common symptoms in the order that they are likely to occur.
  1. Both leaves and blossom on the tips of branches will go brown and wither.
  2. Gray powdery patches will appear on infected leaves and flowers, and this will be most apparent after rain.
  3. Any fruit that does appear will turn wrinkled and fail to develop.
  4. Branch tips begin to die, progressing back to larger branches, causing general deterioration of the tree or plant.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
The withering is caused by one of two fungal pathogens, one called Monilina laxa and the other called M. fructigen. The spores overwinter on infected plant material and are then spread the following spring by wind, rain, or animal vectors. The problem will start to become noticeable in mid-spring, but will increase in severity as summer progresses and the fungus grows. If not addressed, the disease will intensify and spread to other plants in the vicinity.
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Leaf beetles
Leaf beetles are a class of colored insects 1 to 2 cm in size. They gnaw on leaves and petals resulting in small, round holes scattered over the surface.
Overview
Overview
Leaf beetles range in size from 1.5 mm to 2 cm. Both adult beetles and their larvae eat the leaves of many different types of plants. There are over 35,000 different species of leaf beetles, in a variety of colors including gold, green, yellow-striped, and red striped. Some of these have been mistaken for ladybirds because of their shape and coloring. They can be oval, round, or elongated in shape. These insect pests are most active in spring and summer.
If not controlled, leaf beetles can do a lot of damage to vegetable crops and ornamental plants. They feed on the leaves, flowers, stems, roots, and fruits of different plants. They can fly, which means it's easy for them to move from one plant to another. Some species of leaf beetles only target one specific crop, while others will target many different types of plants. Although a lot of the damage that they cause is cosmetic, an infestation can weaken a plant and leave it prone to other more problematic diseases.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
The first signs of a leaf beetles infestation are small visible holes in leaves. Leaves then become discolored and dark beetle droppings can be seen. As the leaves turn yellow and brown, they will drop off the plant onto the ground. Some leaves will appear skeletonized with only the veins still remaining.
Infestation begins in spring, when the adult beetles emerge from the soil and lay their eggs on the leaves of plants. When these eggs hatch, the young nymphs start munching on the leaves as they grow up. Once leaf beetles are large and mature, they'll fall to the ground and pupate in the soil over winter before starting the cycle all over again.
Leaf beetles also eat holes in fruits and vegetables. These can be seen as small round holes that sometimes have a larger brown area surrounding them.
Solutions
Solutions
For less serious cases:
  1. Remove beetles, nymphs, and eggs. Remove all life stages of the beetles and kill them by placing them in a bucket of warm, soapy water. This can be done more easily by placing the bucket under affected leaves and shaking the plant. This method is most effective in the afternoon when leaf beetles are more active. Always dispose of insects in a sealed bag or container to avoid escape and spread.
To treat more serious infestations:
  1. Apply organic insecticides. Use naturally-derived insecticides before moving on to synthetic insecticides. Neem oil and pyrethrum are naturally-derived insecticides that should be applied following label instructions.
  2. Apply synthetic insecticides. Examples of insecticides effective for leaf beetles include carbaryl, permethrin, and bifenthrin. Apply insecticides according to label instructions.
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Black spot
Infection by the black spot pathogen causes black spots or patches to appear on leaves.
Overview
Overview
Black spot is a fungus that largely attacks leaves on a variety of ornamental plants, leaving them covered in dark spots ringed with yellow, and eventually killing them. The fungus is often simply unsightly, but if it infects the whole plant it can interfere with photosynthesis by killing too many leaves. Because of this, it is important to be aware of the best methods for preventing and treating this diseases should it occur in the garden.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Here are a few of the most common symptoms of black spot:
  • The plant has developed small black spots along the leaves.
  • These spots be small, circular, and clustered together, or they may have a splotchy appearance and take up large portions of the leaves.
  • The fungus may also affect plant canes, where lesions start purple and then turn black.
  • The plant may suffer premature leaf drop.
Though most forms of black spot fungus pose little risk to a plant's overall health, many gardeners find them unsightly. Severe cases can also weaken a plant, so it becomes more susceptible to other pathogens and diseases.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
Black spot is spread by various types of fungi, which differ slightly depending on whether they are in their sexual or asexual stages.
The fungal spores linger over the winter in fallen leaves and lesions on canes. In the spring, the spores are splashed up onto the leaves, causing infection within seven hours of moisture and when temperatures range between 24 to 29 ℃ with a high relative humidity.
In just two weeks, thousands of additional spores are produced, making it easy for the disease to infect nearby healthy plants as well.
There are several factors that could make a plant more likely to suffer a black spot infection. Here are some of the most common:
  • Exposure to infected plants or mulch (the fungus overwinters on dead leaves)
  • Weakening from physical damage, pest infestation or other infections.
  • Increased periods of wet, humid, warm weather – or exposure to overhead watering
  • Plants growing too close together
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Underwatering yellow
A lack of water will cause the leaves to gradually turn yellow starting at the base of the branch while the entire plant appears to wilt.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Your plant’s leaves are turning yellow due to underwatering, the oldest leaves turn yellow first. Leaves yellow from the edges towards the middle. Other signs of underwatering include the soil feeling very dry or pulling away from the edge of its pot.
Solutions
Solutions
Your plant is very thirsty and needs water promptly.
  1. You can revive your plant by giving it water. The easiest technique is to slowly pour water into your plant’s soil so that the whole surface is moistened. If you pour the water too quickly, the water will flow directly through rather than diffusing throughout the soil. If your plant’s pot does not have drainage holes, do not give your plant more than about a third of the pot’s volume of water. If your plant’s pot does have drainage holes, you can add water slowly until the soil is thoroughly moistened and the water flows freely through the pot.
  2. If you trim off yellow leaves to improve the plant’s appearance, do not remove more than a third of the plant’s leaves. It may be better to wait until leaves have died and fallen off to remove them.
Prevention
Prevention
  1. When you get a new plant, research its specific watering needs. Set reminders so that you remember to water your plants consistently. Not all plants are the same, so make sure to differentiate all of your plants in your watering schedule.
  2. You may wish to purchase a commercial soil water meter which has a long probe that you place near your plant’s roots. Be sure to check it frequently and water your plant when the soil water meter indicates that it needs watering.
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Distribution of Black gum

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Black gum is native to the eastern half of the United States, Ontario, and Mexico. It grows in low, wet woodlands but also does well in drier sites, including gravelly or sandy soil, loam, and clay.
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Every 1-2 weeks
Black gum hails from regions in eastern North America, including the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. It thrives in wetland areas, swamps, and moist forests with well-drained soil. The plant's native environment is characterized by ample rainfall and high humidity levels. These factors directly translate to black gum's watering preferences, requiring consistent moisture in the soil. Mimicking its natural habitat is essential, ensuring the soil remains consistently moist without becoming waterlogged or excessively dry.
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Lighting
Full sun
The black gum craves ample illumination for healthy growth and development. While it can endure lesser light, robust exposure allows it to thrive. Its origin habitat conditions reflect this need, where it adapts to varied degrees of light. Overexposure could lead to stress, while inadequate light might stunt growth.
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Temperature
-30 - 41 ℃
The black gum has a native growth environment with a temperature range of 0 to 32 ℃ (32 to 90 ℉). It prefers a temperature range of 15 to 30 ℃ (59 to 86 ℉) during the growing season, and can tolerate temperatures as low as -30 ℃ (-22 ℉) during dormancy. In order to adjust to seasonal temperature changes, it enters a period of dormancy in the winter months.
Temp for Healthy Growth
Transplant
20-30 feet
The perfect time for transplanting black gum is from late spring to mid-summer, as the growing season is in full effect. Choose a location with well-draining soil and partial to full sunlight. Remember to water consistently and gently press soil around the roots during transplanting for healthy growth.
Transplant Techniques
Pruning
Spring, Winter
A deciduous tree notable for its brilliant fall color and dense canopy, black gum benefits from strategic trimming to maintain shape and vitality. Prioritize removal of dead, diseased, or crossing branches. Best pruned in late winter or early spring to promote healing and reduce disease risk. Thinning the canopy enhances air circulation and light penetration, crucial for healthy growth. Avoid heavy cuts as black gum has a limited ability to regenerate. Prune thoughtfully to bolster structure and longevity.
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Feng shui direction
North
Black gum harmonizes well with a North-facing direction, as it resonates with the Water element. Its deep, dark, and rich foliage encourages a flow of energy and wealth. However, its growth patterns and adaptability might differ according to individual locations, and personal preferences should be considered when placing it in your surroundings.
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Also known as: Sour gum, Beetlebung
Nyssa sylvatica, commonly known as black gum and tupelo, is a deciduous tree native to eastern regions of North America. It is a medium-sized tree, often cultivated as an ornamental in parks due to the beautiful scarlet color of its autumn leaves.
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Attributes of Black gum

Lifespan
Perennial
Plant Type
Tree
Planting Time
Spring, Fall
Bloom Time
Summer
Harvest Time
Fall
Plant Height
20 m to 25 m
Spread
6 m to 9 m
Leaf Color
Green
Red
Orange
Purple
Blue
Yellow
Flower Size
1.3 cm
Flower Color
Green
Yellow
White
Fruit Color
Black
Blue
Stem Color
Green
Red
Yellow
Blue
Orange
Black
Dormancy
Winter dormancy
Leaf type
Deciduous
Ideal Temperature
0 - 35 ℃
Growth Season
Spring, Summer
Pollinators
Beetles, Wasps, Flies
Benefits to Pollinating Insects
Adult food, Larval food
Growth Rate:Moderate
In spring and summer, black gum exhibits moderate growth marked by the steady emergence of its notable glossy dark green foliage. This medium-paced development allows for heightened drought resistance during warm seasons, while conservatively balancing resources for height increase. Observably, black gum heightens more distinctly in summers, indicating seasonal growth speed variation.
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Name story

Black gum
Its common name is used to distinguish the Nyssa genus plants from other plants. As her tree bark displayed a black surface with a similar wrinkled texture to alligator skin. Although none of the parts have any sticky and gelatinous substance, it is still called black gum.
Black tupelo
Tupelo is a plant from the Native American origin, coming from the Creek words ito meaning "tree" and opilwa meaning "swamp". It was used during the mid-18th century. While these trees are often known simply as "tupelo", the complete name, black tupelo helps distinguish it from the other species from the tupelo genus.

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Garden Use
Black gum (Nyssa sylvatica) is a deciduous tree that has a wide, rounded crown that makes it a popular shade tree for parks and larger gardens. Its brilliant foliage and branches give it an attractive appearance all year round. This tree looks great with differently-colored species like sweetgum, southern magnolia, and Carolina allspice.

Trivia and Interesting Facts

Black gum is a popular tree for beekeepers to use as a bee gum, or sections of hollow trees to cultivate honey. Bee gums have been used since the beginning of 20th century, especially the southeastern United States. The general idea of bee gums can be performed in different types of trees, but the use of the black gum is how bee gums got their names.

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Brown spot
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This infection can cause brown spots or patches to appear on the plant.
Solutions: In minor cases of brown spot, there isn’t any need to treat the disease. However, if much of the foliage is affected and defoliation occurs, the plant will benefit from getting rid of the infection. It is recommended to start by applying organic treatment options, working up to the more potent synthetic, chemical fungicides if necessary. Organic options won’t kill the fungus, but will prevent it from spreading. Dissolve ½ teaspoon of baking soda and one teaspoon of liquid soap in a gallon of water. Using a spray bottle, spray on tops and bottoms of leaves until the mixture drips off. Repeat every two weeks until existing spots stop enlarging and new spots no longer appear. Spray a copper-based fungicidal soap on the leaves, coating the top and bottom leaf surfaces. Reapply as directed on the product label. Copper penetrates the leaf surface and prevents germination of spores so the fungus cannot spread. Apply an all-purpose fungicide to the entire plant, following the label instructions carefully.
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Fruit withering
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Fungal infection or normal ripening can cause the fruit to dry out.
Solutions: There are a number of appropriate solutions to control fruit withering: Remove any fruit as soon as it shows any signs of infection. Do not compost. Use a fungicide prior to leaf bud and then as per manufacturers instructions throughout the season.
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Leaf beetles
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Leaf beetles are a class of colored insects 1 to 2 cm in size. They gnaw on leaves and petals resulting in small, round holes scattered over the surface.
Solutions: For less serious cases: Remove beetles, nymphs, and eggs. Remove all life stages of the beetles and kill them by placing them in a bucket of warm, soapy water. This can be done more easily by placing the bucket under affected leaves and shaking the plant. This method is most effective in the afternoon when leaf beetles are more active. Always dispose of insects in a sealed bag or container to avoid escape and spread. To treat more serious infestations: Apply organic insecticides. Use naturally-derived insecticides before moving on to synthetic insecticides. Neem oil and pyrethrum are naturally-derived insecticides that should be applied following label instructions. Apply synthetic insecticides. Examples of insecticides effective for leaf beetles include carbaryl, permethrin, and bifenthrin. Apply insecticides according to label instructions.
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Black spot
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Infection by the black spot pathogen causes black spots or patches to appear on leaves.
Solutions: Some steps to take to address black spot include: Prune away any infected leaves, cleaning the pruners between plants with a 10% bleach solution so that the fungus does not spread to healthy leaves. Don't compost pruned plant parts as the spores can linger in the soil for a long period of time - instead, dispose of them in the trash. Use an approved fungicide such as Trifloxystrobin, Chlorothalonil, Maneb, or Myclobutanil. Use a spreader in the fungicide spray to ensure better coverage.
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Underwatering yellow
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A lack of water will cause the leaves to gradually turn yellow starting at the base of the branch while the entire plant appears to wilt.
Solutions: Your plant is very thirsty and needs water promptly. You can revive your plant by giving it water. The easiest technique is to slowly pour water into your plant’s soil so that the whole surface is moistened. If you pour the water too quickly, the water will flow directly through rather than diffusing throughout the soil. If your plant’s pot does not have drainage holes, do not give your plant more than about a third of the pot’s volume of water. If your plant’s pot does have drainage holes, you can add water slowly until the soil is thoroughly moistened and the water flows freely through the pot. If you trim off yellow leaves to improve the plant’s appearance, do not remove more than a third of the plant’s leaves. It may be better to wait until leaves have died and fallen off to remove them.
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Brown spot
This infection can cause brown spots or patches to appear on the plant.
Overview
Overview
Discolored spots on the foliage of plants are one of the most common disease problems people observe. These spots are caused by fungal and bacterial diseases, with most infections related to a fungal pathogen.
Brown spot can occurs on all houseplants, flowering ornamentals, vegetable plants, and leaves of trees, bushes, and shrubs. No plants are resistant to it, and the problem is worse in warm, wet environments. It can occur at any point in the life stage as long as leaves are present.
Small brownish spots appear on the foliage and enlarge as the disease progresses. In severe cases, the plant or tree is weakened when the lesions interrupt photosynthesis or cause defoliation.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
In most cases, brown spot only affects a small percentage of the whole plant, appearing on a small amount of the leaves. A small infection only puts minor stress on the plant. However, if left untreated and the disease progresses over numerous seasons, it will severely impact the health and productivity of the infected specimen.
  • Sporulation begins (reproduction of the fungal spores), and tiny spots appear on leaves.
  • Placement is often random and scattered as diseases are spread through raindrops.
  • May appear on lower leaves and the interior of the plant where humidity is higher.
  • Brown spots enlarge and grow large enough to touch neighboring spots to form a more prominent blotch.
  • Leaf margins may turn yellow.
  • Tiny black dots (fruiting bodies of the fungi) appear in the dead spots.
  • Blotches grow in size until the entire leaf is brown.
  • The leaf falls off the plant.
Severe Symptoms
  • Partial or complete premature defoliation
  • Reduced growth
  • Increased susceptibility to pests and other diseases
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
Brown spot, or leaf spot, is a common descriptive term given to several diseases affecting the leaves of plants and trees. Around 85% of diseases exhibiting leaf spots are due to fungus or fungus-like organisms. Sometimes brown spot is caused by a bacterial infection, or insect activity with similar symptoms.
When conditions are warm and the leaf surfaces are wet, fungal spores being transported by wind or rain land on the surface and cling to it. They do not rupture the cell walls but grow in the space between the plant plasma membrane and the plant cell wall. As the spores reproduce, they release toxins and enzymes that cause necrotic spots (i.e., dead tissue) on the leaves, allowing the fungi to consume the products released when the cells degrade.
Solutions
Solutions
In minor cases of brown spot, there isn’t any need to treat the disease. However, if much of the foliage is affected and defoliation occurs, the plant will benefit from getting rid of the infection. It is recommended to start by applying organic treatment options, working up to the more potent synthetic, chemical fungicides if necessary.
Organic options won’t kill the fungus, but will prevent it from spreading.
  1. Dissolve ½ teaspoon of baking soda and one teaspoon of liquid soap in a gallon of water. Using a spray bottle, spray on tops and bottoms of leaves until the mixture drips off. Repeat every two weeks until existing spots stop enlarging and new spots no longer appear.
  2. Spray a copper-based fungicidal soap on the leaves, coating the top and bottom leaf surfaces. Reapply as directed on the product label. Copper penetrates the leaf surface and prevents germination of spores so the fungus cannot spread.
  3. Apply an all-purpose fungicide to the entire plant, following the label instructions carefully.
Prevention
Prevention
Like many other diseases, it is easier to prevent brown spot than cure it, and this is done through cultural practices.
  • Clear fall leaves from the ground before winter to minimize places where fungi and bacteria can overwinter.
  • Maintain good air movement between plants through proper plant spacing.
  • Increase air circulation through the center of plants through pruning.
  • Thoroughly clean all pruning tools after working with diseased plants.
  • Never dispose of disease plant material in a compost pile.
  • Avoid overhead watering to keep moisture off of the foliage.
  • Keep plants healthy by providing adequate sunlight, water, and fertilizer.
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Fungal infection or normal ripening can cause the fruit to dry out.
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Fruit withering is common on many tree fruits, including apples, pears, peaches, cherries, and plums, as well as fruiting shrubs. It is caused by a fungal pathogen and will result in wrinkled and desiccated fruit.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Here are the most common symptoms in the order that they are likely to occur.
  1. Both leaves and blossom on the tips of branches will go brown and wither.
  2. Gray powdery patches will appear on infected leaves and flowers, and this will be most apparent after rain.
  3. Any fruit that does appear will turn wrinkled and fail to develop.
  4. Branch tips begin to die, progressing back to larger branches, causing general deterioration of the tree or plant.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
The withering is caused by one of two fungal pathogens, one called Monilina laxa and the other called M. fructigen. The spores overwinter on infected plant material and are then spread the following spring by wind, rain, or animal vectors. The problem will start to become noticeable in mid-spring, but will increase in severity as summer progresses and the fungus grows. If not addressed, the disease will intensify and spread to other plants in the vicinity.
Solutions
Solutions
There are a number of appropriate solutions to control fruit withering:
  1. Remove any fruit as soon as it shows any signs of infection. Do not compost.
  2. Use a fungicide prior to leaf bud and then as per manufacturers instructions throughout the season.
Prevention
Prevention
Preventative measures include:
  1. Ensuring adequate spacing between plants or trees.
  2. Staking plants that are prone to tumbling to prevent moisture or humidity build up.
  3. Prune correctly so that there is adequate air movement and remove any dead or diseased branches that may carry spores.
  4. Practice good plant hygiene by removing fallen material and destroying it as soon as possible.
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Leaf beetles
Leaf beetles are a class of colored insects 1 to 2 cm in size. They gnaw on leaves and petals resulting in small, round holes scattered over the surface.
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Overview
Leaf beetles range in size from 1.5 mm to 2 cm. Both adult beetles and their larvae eat the leaves of many different types of plants. There are over 35,000 different species of leaf beetles, in a variety of colors including gold, green, yellow-striped, and red striped. Some of these have been mistaken for ladybirds because of their shape and coloring. They can be oval, round, or elongated in shape. These insect pests are most active in spring and summer.
If not controlled, leaf beetles can do a lot of damage to vegetable crops and ornamental plants. They feed on the leaves, flowers, stems, roots, and fruits of different plants. They can fly, which means it's easy for them to move from one plant to another. Some species of leaf beetles only target one specific crop, while others will target many different types of plants. Although a lot of the damage that they cause is cosmetic, an infestation can weaken a plant and leave it prone to other more problematic diseases.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
The first signs of a leaf beetles infestation are small visible holes in leaves. Leaves then become discolored and dark beetle droppings can be seen. As the leaves turn yellow and brown, they will drop off the plant onto the ground. Some leaves will appear skeletonized with only the veins still remaining.
Infestation begins in spring, when the adult beetles emerge from the soil and lay their eggs on the leaves of plants. When these eggs hatch, the young nymphs start munching on the leaves as they grow up. Once leaf beetles are large and mature, they'll fall to the ground and pupate in the soil over winter before starting the cycle all over again.
Leaf beetles also eat holes in fruits and vegetables. These can be seen as small round holes that sometimes have a larger brown area surrounding them.
Solutions
Solutions
For less serious cases:
  1. Remove beetles, nymphs, and eggs. Remove all life stages of the beetles and kill them by placing them in a bucket of warm, soapy water. This can be done more easily by placing the bucket under affected leaves and shaking the plant. This method is most effective in the afternoon when leaf beetles are more active. Always dispose of insects in a sealed bag or container to avoid escape and spread.
To treat more serious infestations:
  1. Apply organic insecticides. Use naturally-derived insecticides before moving on to synthetic insecticides. Neem oil and pyrethrum are naturally-derived insecticides that should be applied following label instructions.
  2. Apply synthetic insecticides. Examples of insecticides effective for leaf beetles include carbaryl, permethrin, and bifenthrin. Apply insecticides according to label instructions.
Prevention
Prevention
To prevent infestations of leaf beetles, follow these practices.
  1. Regularly check for beetles. To prevent large pest infestations, be proactive about frequently checking plants for pests and removing them quickly.
  2. Clear debris. Clear weeds and debris to remove areas where these beetles may overwinter and hide.
  3. Attract natural predators. Birds and other insects, such as wasps and ladybugs, are effective natural predators of leaf beetles. Encourage them to visit by including a diverse array of plants to provide habitat and food. Also, avoid applying broad-spectrum herbicides that can harm and kill beneficial insects.
  4. Plant aromatic herbs like mint, garlic, or rosemary, as these can repel leaf beetles.
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Black spot
Infection by the black spot pathogen causes black spots or patches to appear on leaves.
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Overview
Black spot is a fungus that largely attacks leaves on a variety of ornamental plants, leaving them covered in dark spots ringed with yellow, and eventually killing them. The fungus is often simply unsightly, but if it infects the whole plant it can interfere with photosynthesis by killing too many leaves. Because of this, it is important to be aware of the best methods for preventing and treating this diseases should it occur in the garden.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Here are a few of the most common symptoms of black spot:
  • The plant has developed small black spots along the leaves.
  • These spots be small, circular, and clustered together, or they may have a splotchy appearance and take up large portions of the leaves.
  • The fungus may also affect plant canes, where lesions start purple and then turn black.
  • The plant may suffer premature leaf drop.
Though most forms of black spot fungus pose little risk to a plant's overall health, many gardeners find them unsightly. Severe cases can also weaken a plant, so it becomes more susceptible to other pathogens and diseases.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
Black spot is spread by various types of fungi, which differ slightly depending on whether they are in their sexual or asexual stages.
The fungal spores linger over the winter in fallen leaves and lesions on canes. In the spring, the spores are splashed up onto the leaves, causing infection within seven hours of moisture and when temperatures range between 24 to 29 ℃ with a high relative humidity.
In just two weeks, thousands of additional spores are produced, making it easy for the disease to infect nearby healthy plants as well.
There are several factors that could make a plant more likely to suffer a black spot infection. Here are some of the most common:
  • Exposure to infected plants or mulch (the fungus overwinters on dead leaves)
  • Weakening from physical damage, pest infestation or other infections.
  • Increased periods of wet, humid, warm weather – or exposure to overhead watering
  • Plants growing too close together
Solutions
Solutions
Some steps to take to address black spot include:
  • Prune away any infected leaves, cleaning the pruners between plants with a 10% bleach solution so that the fungus does not spread to healthy leaves.
  • Don't compost pruned plant parts as the spores can linger in the soil for a long period of time - instead, dispose of them in the trash.
  • Use an approved fungicide such as Trifloxystrobin, Chlorothalonil, Maneb, or Myclobutanil.
  • Use a spreader in the fungicide spray to ensure better coverage.
Prevention
Prevention
Here are a few tips to prevent black spot outbreaks.
  • Purchase resistant varieties: Invest in fungus-resistant plant varieties to reduce the chances for black spot diseases.
  • Remove infected plant debris: Fungi can overwinter in contaminated plant debris, so remove all fallen leaves from infected plants as soon as possible.
  • Rake and discard fallen leaves in the fall.
  • Prune regularly.
  • Water carefully: Fungal diseases spread when plants stay in moist conditions and when water droplets splash contaminated soil on plant leaves. Control these factors by only watering infected plants when the top few inches of soil are dry, and by watering at soil level to reduce splashback. Adding a layer of mulch to the soil will also reduce splashing.
  • Grow plants in an open, sunny locations so the foliage dries quickly.
  • Follow spacing guidelines when planting and avoid natural windbreaks for good air circulation.
  • Use chemical control: Regular doses of a fungicide, especially in the spring, can stop an outbreak before it begins.
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A lack of water will cause the leaves to gradually turn yellow starting at the base of the branch while the entire plant appears to wilt.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Your plant’s leaves are turning yellow due to underwatering, the oldest leaves turn yellow first. Leaves yellow from the edges towards the middle. Other signs of underwatering include the soil feeling very dry or pulling away from the edge of its pot.
Solutions
Solutions
Your plant is very thirsty and needs water promptly.
  1. You can revive your plant by giving it water. The easiest technique is to slowly pour water into your plant’s soil so that the whole surface is moistened. If you pour the water too quickly, the water will flow directly through rather than diffusing throughout the soil. If your plant’s pot does not have drainage holes, do not give your plant more than about a third of the pot’s volume of water. If your plant’s pot does have drainage holes, you can add water slowly until the soil is thoroughly moistened and the water flows freely through the pot.
  2. If you trim off yellow leaves to improve the plant’s appearance, do not remove more than a third of the plant’s leaves. It may be better to wait until leaves have died and fallen off to remove them.
Prevention
Prevention
  1. When you get a new plant, research its specific watering needs. Set reminders so that you remember to water your plants consistently. Not all plants are the same, so make sure to differentiate all of your plants in your watering schedule.
  2. You may wish to purchase a commercial soil water meter which has a long probe that you place near your plant’s roots. Be sure to check it frequently and water your plant when the soil water meter indicates that it needs watering.
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Black gum is native to the eastern half of the United States, Ontario, and Mexico. It grows in low, wet woodlands but also does well in drier sites, including gravelly or sandy soil, loam, and clay.
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Black Gum Watering Instructions
Black gum hails from regions in eastern North America, including the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. It thrives in wetland areas, swamps, and moist forests with well-drained soil. The plant's native environment is characterized by ample rainfall and high humidity levels. These factors directly translate to black gum's watering preferences, requiring consistent moisture in the soil. Mimicking its natural habitat is essential, ensuring the soil remains consistently moist without becoming waterlogged or excessively dry.
When Should I Water My Black Gum?
Introduction
Proper and timely watering plays a crucial role in maintaining the overall health and development of the black gum. It contributes to its optimal growth, vibrant foliage, and resilience against diseases. Therefore, understanding the appropriate signals indicating when the plant should be watered is essential.
Soil Moisture
One of the key indicators for watering the black gum is the soil moisture level. Check the soil by inserting your finger into the ground up to a depth of 2 inches. If the soil feels dry at this depth, it's time to water the plant. Conversely, if the soil feels damp or moist, it is not necessary to water.
Wilting Leaves
When the leaves of the black gum start to wilt and droop, it indicates that the plant is in need of water. Wilting leaves can be observed visually, where they appear limp and sagging. This is a clear sign that the plant is experiencing water stress and requires watering.
Leaf Color
Monitoring the color of the black gum's leaves can provide insights into its water needs. If the leaves start to turn yellow, it indicates that the plant is lacking water. On the other hand, if the leaves appear vibrant and healthy, it suggests that the plant is adequately hydrated.
Leaf Texture
Another sign to look out for is the texture of the black gum's leaves. When the leaves feel dry and brittle to the touch, it indicates insufficient water supply. In contrast, if the leaves feel firm and supple, it suggests that the plant is well-hydrated.
Seasonal Changes
During hot and dry seasons, the black gum requires more frequent watering to cope with increased evaporation and moisture loss. Consider watering the plant more often during these periods to maintain its health and prevent dehydration.
Early Watering Risks
Watering the black gum too early, especially when the soil is still moist, can lead to over-watering. Excessive moisture in the soil can cause root rot, fungal diseases, and hinder the plant's ability to absorb nutrients. Therefore, it is essential to avoid watering too early.
Late Watering Risks
If the black gum is not watered in a timely manner and allowed to become excessively dry for prolonged periods, it can lead to wilting and stunted growth. In severe cases, dehydration can lead to plant death. Hence, it's crucial to water the plant before it reaches this extreme point of dehydration.
Conclusion
Recognizing these signs is instrumental in ensuring proper watering for the black gum. By paying attention to the soil moisture, leaf condition, color, texture, and considering seasonal factors, one can provide the right amount of water at the right time. This will promote healthy growth, vibrant foliage, and the overall well-being of the black gum.
How Should I Water My Black Gum?
Watering Requirements
Nyssa sylvatica has specific watering needs and sensitivities that should be considered for optimal hydration.
Watering Technique
Bottom-watering is an effective method to ensure the roots of Nyssa sylvatica get adequate moisture without over-saturating the surface. This technique involves placing the plant pot in a tray or saucer filled with water and allowing the roots to absorb water from the bottom up. It prevents excess moisture on the foliage and minimizes the risk of fungal diseases.
Watering Can Type
When using a watering can, it is recommended to choose one with a narrow spout to direct the water flow directly to the base of the plant. This helps to avoid wetting the foliage excessively and promotes targeted hydration at the root level.
How Much Water Does Black Gum Really Need?
Natural Habitat
Black gum's native habitat is well-drained, acidic soils in moist areas. The plant is adaptable and tolerates both wet and dry sites however it shows even higher preferences for wet, swampy areas.
Water Quantity
The optimum water quantity for black gum depends on the size of the plant, its root depth, and the size of the pot. Typically, larger plants with deeper roots and larger pots need more water. When watering the plant, it's necessary to ensure that water penetrates the entire root system reaching the bottom of the pot.
Watering Indicators
Signs that black gum has received the right amount of water include shiny, lush green leaves, slow and steady growth, healthy looking bark and stem, and new sprouting leaves. If the plant's leaves are dropping or wilting and the bark appears to be cracking, it may indicate under watering. Yellow leaves, root rot, and slow growth may signify over watering.
Root Depth
Black gum's fairly deep roots require a thorough soaking ensuring the water reaches the bottom of the pot. The water should be able to drain freely after each watering, otherwise the plant may suffer from root rot.
Watering Implications
Overwatering can lead to root rot in black gum, which can be lethal, while insufficient watering can cause leaf dropping, wilting, and sluggish growth. It's crucial to maintain an optimal watering balance for the plant to thrive.
How Often Should I Water Black Gum?
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Just like people, each plant has its own preferences and needs. Devote time to understanding your plants so you can nurture them properly. Observe your plants attentively, learning from their growth patterns, and becoming more in tune with their needs as you grow together. Keep a watchful eye on new plants and seedlings, as they are sensitive to both overwatering and underwatering. Shower them with gentle love and attention, fostering their growth and strength. Let the rhythm of your local climate guide your watering habits, adapting your schedule to the changing weather and the needs of your plants.
What Kind of Water is Best for Black Gum?
Water Type
Black gum prefers natural rainwater or filtered water. Tap water can often contain chlorine and other minerals that may not be beneficial for this plant
Chlorine Sensitivity
Black gum prefers dechlorinated water. If using tap water, allow it to sit out for 24 hours to let the chlorine evaporate before watering.
Fluoride Sensitivity
Minimal sensitivity for black gum. It can tolerate small amounts of fluoride found in tap water; however, for optimal health, use filtered or rainwater.
Preferred Water Temperature
Black gum doesn't have specific water temperature requirements. However, it's advisable to avoid extremes. Room temperature water is usually best as cold water can shock the root system, which can lead to plant stress.
Water Treatments
If using tap water, it is best to treat it by leaving it out for 24 hours to allow chlorine to evaporate. Additionally, using a water filtration system can significantly reduce potential contaminants.
Other Contaminants
Black gum is sensitive to overly-mineralized water. Excessive amounts of minerals like magnesium and calcium, often present in 'hard' tap water, could harm the plant's health. Opt for rainwater or filtered water when possible.
How Do Black Gum's Watering Needs Change with the Seasons?
How to Water black gum in Spring?
Spring is the time when black gum gradually awakens from its winter dormancy. It's vital to gradually increase watering during this period as the rates of photosynthesis and metabolism ramp up with longer daylight hours. The soil should be consistently moist but not waterlogged. Overwatering can result in root rot and other types of fungal diseases. The goal is to ensure that black gum has enough water to support new growth that appears in spring.
How to Water black gum in Summer?
Black gum is well-adapted to summer heat, but that doesn't mean it won't need water. The soil around the tree should remain slightly moist during the hot summer months. Due to increased sunlight and black gum's active growth phase, users should ensure the soil remains moist but are cautioned not to overwater. If the summer is particularly hot and dry, more frequent deep watering can help black gum cope with drought conditions.
How to Water black gum in Autumn?
As black gum starts its dormancy phase in autumn, the watering should be reduced proportionately. North American native black gum prepares for winter during the fall, and overwatering can cause roots to be vulnerable to freezing conditions. Lower temperatures and shorter daylight hours slow down metabolism and water requirements diminish accordingly. Water adequately but avoid soggy soil conditions.
How to Water black gum in Winter?
Black gum is dormant during the winter months, and hence, its water requirements significantly decrease. Watering should only be done during lengthy dry spells. The goal is to prevent the soil from completely drying out, but overwatering can be harmful, leading to root issues or ice damage.
What Expert Tips Can Enhance Black Gum Watering Routine?
Moisture Meter
Using a moisture meter can help assess black gum's deeper soil moisture needs and prevent over or under-watering. This plant prefers its soil to be mostly dry before the next watering, and a meter can effectively measure this.
Watering Time
Watering black gum early in the morning allows the water to penetrate the soil thoroughly before the high evaporation rates of mid-day. It also helps prevent fungal diseases by minimizing the plant's exposure to dampness.
Assessing Soil Moisture
To accurately assess black gum's soil moisture, insert a finger or a moisture probe into the soil, about 2-3 inches deep. If the soil still feels damp, it's not yet time to water. Only water when the soil feels dry to this depth.
Common Mistake: Over-Watering
One common mistake with black gum is over-watering. This plant prefers well-draining soil and can suffer from root rot if the soil remains consistently wet. Ensure the soil has proper drainage and only water when necessary.
Signs of Thirst
When black gum is in need of water, its leaves may wilt and droop slightly. However, it's important not to mistake this for over-watering, as over-watered black gum may also show signs of leaf discoloration or root rot.
Watering in Special Conditions
During a heatwave, black gum may require more frequent watering to combat increased evaporation rates. However, be cautious not to over-water. During extended periods of rain, reduce watering frequency to avoid waterlogged soil. When black gum is stressed, such as after transplanting, it may require more water initially to help establish its root system.
Watering Tool: Soaker Hose
Using a soaker hose, placed at the base of black gum's trunk, can provide a slow and deep watering that allows the water to penetrate the soil and reach the plant's roots. This is particularly beneficial during dry periods.
Avoiding Overhead Watering
Black gum prefers to be watered at the base rather than overhead. Overhead watering can lead to wet foliage, increasing the risk of fungal diseases. Direct the water towards the base of the plant to minimize foliage dampness.
Mulching for Moisture Retention
Applying a layer of organic mulch, such as wood chips or bark, around black gum's base can help retain soil moisture by reducing evaporation. Additionally, mulch can help regulate soil temperature and suppress weed growth.
Drought-Tolerant Adaptations
Black gum has natural adaptations that enable it to tolerate drought. During periods of extended dryness, black gum may shed some leaves to conserve water. This is a normal response and doesn't necessarily indicate a watering need.
Considering Hydroponics? How to Manage a Water-Grown Black Gum?
Overview of Hydroponics
Black gum is a plant that can be grown hydroponically, which involves cultivating plants in a water-based nutrient solution instead of traditional soil. Hydroponics offers several advantages for this plant, including better control over nutrient uptake, faster growth rates, and higher yields.
Hydroponic System
The deep water culture system (DWC) is well-suited for growing black gum. In this system, the plant's roots are suspended in a nutrient-rich solution with the help of a net pot. The roots are fully submerged, allowing for efficient nutrient absorption and oxygenation. This system promotes healthy root development and overall plant growth.
Nutrient Solution Requirements
For optimal growth of black gum, it requires a well-balanced nutrient solution. Aim for a nutrient concentration of 800-1000 ppm (parts per million), which can be achieved by using a hydroponic nutrient mix specifically designed for vegetative growth. The pH level of the nutrient solution should be maintained between 5.8-6.2 to ensure nutrient availability and proper absorption.
Frequency of Nutrient Change
The nutrient solution should be changed every 1-2 weeks to prevent nutrient imbalances and maintain optimal plant health. Monitor the pH and nutrient levels regularly using a pH meter and conductivity meter.
Challenges and Common Issues
When growing black gum hydroponically, one common challenge is root rot due to excessive moisture. Ensure proper aeration and avoid over-watering to prevent this issue. Nutrient imbalances, such as deficiencies or excesses of certain elements, can also occur. Regularly monitor nutrient levels and adjust the solution accordingly. Another challenge is providing adequate light, as black gum requires moderate to high light levels for optimal growth.
Monitoring Plant Health
Regularly observe black gum for any signs of stress, such as wilting, leaf discoloration, or stunted growth. These may indicate nutrient deficiencies, pH imbalances, or lighting issues. Maintaining a healthy root system and monitoring the nutrient solution's pH and nutrient levels are crucial for sustainable plant growth.
Adjusting the Hydroponic Environment
As black gum progresses through different growth stages, adjust the nutrient solution concentration to meet its changing needs. During the vegetative stage, focus on providing higher nitrogen levels to promote leaf development. In the flowering stage, adjust the nutrient ratio to support increased phosphorus and potassium levels for flower formation and fruit development. Additionally, ensure proper lighting intensity and duration based on the plant's growth stage.
Plant Care Checklist
  1. Use a deep water culture (DWC) system for black gum's hydroponic cultivation.
  2. Maintain a well-balanced nutrient solution with a concentration of 800-1000 ppm.
  3. Monitor the pH of the nutrient solution and keep it between 5.8-6.2.
  4. Change the nutrient solution every 1-2 weeks.
  5. Avoid over-watering to prevent root rot.
  6. Monitor black gum's growth, foliage color, and overall health regularly.
  7. Adjust the nutrient solution based on the plant's growth stage.
  8. Provide adequate lighting with moderate to high intensity.
  9. Ensure proper aeration and ventilation in the growing area.
  10. Maintain a clean and sterile environment to prevent diseases and pests.
Important Symptoms
Overwatering Symptoms of Black gum
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Yellowing leaves
When plants receive too much water, the roots become oxygen deprived and the bottom leaves of the plant gradually turn yellow.
Root rot
Excess water in the soil can lead to the growth of harmful fungi and bacteria, causing the roots to rot and eventually kill the plant.
Leaf drop
When plants are overwatered, they may shed their leaves as a response to stress, even if the leaves appear green and healthy.
Mold and mildew
Overwatered plants create a damp environment that can encourage the growth of mold and mildew on soil.
Increased susceptibility diseases
Overwatering plants may become more susceptible and diseases as their overall health declines, weakening their natural defenses.
Solutions
1. Adjust watering frequency based on seasons and soil dryness. Wait for soil to dry before watering.2. Increase soil aeration by loosening surface and gently stirring with a wooden stick or chopstick.3. Optimize environment with good ventilation and warmth to enhance water evaporation and prevent overwatering.
Underwatering Symptoms of Black gum
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Wilting
Due to the dry soil and insufficient water absorption by the roots, the leaves of the plant will appear limp, droopy, and lose vitality.
Root damage
Prolonged underwatering can cause root damage, making it difficult for the plant to absorb water even when it is available.
Dry stems
Due to insufficient water, plant stems may become dry or brittle, making the branches easy to break.
Dying plant
If underwatering continues for an extended period, the plant may ultimately die as a result of severe water stress and an inability to carry out essential functions.
Solutions
1. Thoroughly saturate soil with slow ring watering to ensure uniform and sufficient moisture for plants. 2. Increase air humidity with water trays or misting to slow leaf water evaporation. 3. Watering according to the recommended frequency.Adjust watering frequency based on seasons and soil dryness.
Watering Troubleshooting for Black Gum
Why are the leaves on my black gum turning yellow?
Yellow leaves on your black gum can indicate overwatering. This plant prefers well-drained soil and can tolerate dry periods. If the soil is constantly wet, the plant can suffer from root rot. To solve this issue, reduce your watering frequency and ensure the plant is in well-draining soil.
Why are the leaves of my black gum wilting and dropping prematurely?
If your black gum's leaves are wilting and falling too early, it might be a sign of underwatering. These trees require regular watering especially during dry periods. Aim to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Increase the watering frequency in periods of drought while ensuring good drainage to prevent root diseases.
My black gum's leaves have brown edges. Is this caused by my watering habits?
Yes, brown leaf edges on black gum can indicate overwatering or poor drainage, leading to the plant sitting in water for extended periods. This might cause root rot. Check the drainage situation and adjust your watering regime accordingly. Water your plant well but allow the soil to dry before watering again.
Why does the growth of my black gum seem to have stunted?
If your black gum isn't growing as expected, it could be due to inadequate watering. Black gum needs consistent moisture to grow, especially in its younger years. Consider setting a watering schedule, dampening the soil thoroughly during each watering and allowing it to dry out slightly before watering again.
What should I do if the leaves of my black gum are curling and seem dried out?
Curling and dry leaves on a black gum most likely stem from under-watering, especially in times of high heat and less rainfall. To resolve this, you should gradually increase the watering frequency and volume. However, always ensure the water is not left standing as it could lead to root diseases. If possible, mulch around the base to retain soil moisture.
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About 3-6 hours sunlight
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Essentials
The black gum craves ample illumination for healthy growth and development. While it can endure lesser light, robust exposure allows it to thrive. Its origin habitat conditions reflect this need, where it adapts to varied degrees of light. Overexposure could lead to stress, while inadequate light might stunt growth.
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Artificial lighting
Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
1. Choose the right type of artificial light: LED lights are a popular choice for indoor plant lighting because they can be customized to provide the specific wavelengths of light that your plants need.
Full sun plants need 30-50W/sq ft of artificial light, partial sun plants need 20-30W/sq ft, and full shade plants need 10-20W/sq ft.
2. Determine the appropriate distance: Place the light source 12-36 inches above the plant to mimic natural sunlight.
3. Determine the duration: Mimic the length of natural daylight hours for your plant species. most plants need 8-12 hours of light per day.
Important Symptoms
Symptoms of Insufficient Light in %s
Black gum thrives in full sunlight but is sensitive to heat. As a plant commonly grown outdoors with abundant sunlight, it may exhibit subtle symptoms of light deficiency when placed in rooms with suboptimal lighting.
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Small leaves
New leaves may grow smaller in size compared to the previous ones once they have matured.
Leggy or sparse growth
The spaces between leaves or stems of your black gum may become longer, resulting in a thin and stretched-out appearance. This can make the plant look sparse and weak, and it may easily break or lean due to its own weight.
Faster leaf drop
When plants are exposed to low light conditions, they tend to shed older leaves early to conserve resources. Within a limited time, these resources can be utilized to grow new leaves until the plant's energy reserves are depleted.
Slower or no new growth
Black gum enters a survival mode when light conditions are poor, which leads to a halt in leaf production. As a result, the plant's growth becomes delayed or stops altogether.
Lighter-colored new leaves
Insufficient sunlight can cause leaves to develop irregular color patterns or appear pale. This indicates a lack of chlorophyll and essential nutrients.
Solutions
1. To ensure optimal growth, gradually move plants to a sunnier location each week, until they receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Use a south-facing window and keep curtains open during the day for maximum sunlight exposure and nutrient accumulation.2. To provide additional light for your plant, consider using artificial light if it's large or not easily movable. Keep a desk or ceiling lamp on for at least 8 hours daily, or invest in professional plant grow lights for ample light.
Symptoms of Excessive light in %s
Black gum thrives in full sun exposure but is sensitive to heat. Although sunburn symptoms occasionally occur, they are unable to withstand intense sunlight in high-temperature environments.
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Chlorosis
Chlorosis is a condition where the plant's leaves lose their green color and turn yellow. This is due to the breakdown of chlorophyll from excessive sunlight, which negatively affects the plant's ability to photosynthesize.
Sunscald
Sunscald occurs when the plant's leaves or stems are damaged by intense sunlight exposure. It appears as pale, bleached, or necrotic areas on the plant tissue and can reduce the plant's overall health.
Leaf Curling
Leaf curling is a symptom where leaves curl or twist under extreme sunlight conditions. This is a defense mechanism used by the plant to reduce its surface area exposed to sunlight, minimizing water loss and damage.
Wilting
Wilting occurs when a plant loses turgor pressure and its leaves and stems begin to droop. Overexposure to sunlight can cause wilting by increasing the plant's water loss through transpiration, making it difficult for the plant to maintain adequate hydration.
Leaf Scorching
Leaf scorching is a symptom characterized by the appearance of brown, dry, and crispy edges or patches on leaves due to excessive sunlight. This can lead to a reduction in photosynthetic capacity and overall plant health.
Solutions
1. Move your plant to the optimal position where it can receive abundant sunlight but also have some shade. An east-facing window is an ideal choice as the morning sunlight is gentler. This way, your plant can enjoy ample sunlight while reducing the risk of sunburn.2. It is recommended to trim off any completely dehydrated or withered parts of the plant.
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Just like people, each plant has its own preferences. Learn about your plants' temperature needs and create a comforting environment for them to flourish. As you care for your plants, your bond with them will deepen. Trust your intuition as you learn about their temperature needs, celebrating the journey you share. Lovingly monitor the temperature around your plants and adjust their environment as needed. A thermometer can be your ally in this heartfelt endeavor. Be patient and gentle with yourself as you explore your plants' temperature needs. Cherish your successes, learn from challenges, and nurture your garden with love, creating a haven that reflects the warmth of your care.
Essentials
The black gum has a native growth environment with a temperature range of 0 to 32 ℃ (32 to 90 ℉). It prefers a temperature range of 15 to 30 ℃ (59 to 86 ℉) during the growing season, and can tolerate temperatures as low as -30 ℃ (-22 ℉) during dormancy. In order to adjust to seasonal temperature changes, it enters a period of dormancy in the winter months.
Regional wintering strategies
Black gum has strong cold resistance, so special frost protection measures are usually not necessary during winter. However, if the winter temperatures are expected to drop below {Limit_growth_temperature}, it is still important to provide cold protection. This can be achieved by wrapping the trunk and branches with materials such as non-woven fabric or cloth. Before the first freeze in autumn, it is recommended to water the plant abundantly, ensuring the soil remains moist and enters a frozen state. This helps prevent drought and water scarcity for the plant during winter and early spring.
Important Symptoms
Symptoms of Low Temperature in Black gum
Black gum is cold-tolerant and thrives best when the temperature is above {Suitable_growth_temperature_min}. During winter, it should be kept above {Tolerable_growing_temperature_min}. When the temperature falls below {Limit_growth_temperature}, although there may not be any noticeable changes during winter, the branches may become brittle and dry during springtime, and no new shoots will emerge.
Solutions
In spring, prune away any dead branches that have failed to produce new leaves.
Symptoms of High Temperature in Black gum
During summer, Black gum should be kept below {Suitable_growth_temperature_max}. When the temperature exceeds {Tolerable_growing_temperature_max}, the leaves of the plant may become lighter in color, the tips may become dry and withered, and the plant becomes more susceptible to sunburn.
Solutions
Trim away the sunburned and dried-up parts. Move the plant to a location that provides shade from the midday and afternoon sun, or use a shade cloth to create shade. Water the plant in the morning and evening to keep the soil moist.
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