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Deficiency of Calcium

There is probably a deficiency of Calcium. Growth stops, terminal leaves do not expand and are usually chlorotic, thick and brittle, frequently curl up and roots of Calcium deficient plants are often clubbed. The plant is generally stunted with gummy exudate from the leaves. Death of the terminal shoot occurs in advanced stages, although, shoot tip die back could occur without chlorotic foliage as a dominant symptom.

Plant is a dicot (broadleaf tree or shrub)

  • Symptoms are exhibited by the new leaves or recently mature leaves
    • Leaves are not in rosettes
      • Leaves are chlorotic
        • General or overall chlorosis of leaves
          • Young leaves thick and brittle