Hi. For the last 7 years I've put in saxifragas both in my old rockery and in pots on the patio. I've tried any number of different watering regimens but they all die within a year or two bar one clump which has lasted several years but its foliage is now turning the dreaded dry brown. It's such a lovely flower I don't want to not have it in my garden! Can anyone help?
What kind of Saxifrages are you planting? There are a lot of different species and forms and hybrids so it is difficult to say what might be going wrong for you.
For the pot grown ones check for vine weevil grubs in the soil. They do love them.
Thanks guys. Berghill, these ones are Saxifraga Touran Deep Rose. Addict, I shall inspect my soil the second it stops raining!
Rain?! Send some this way pls
when i check for vine weevil i dig up the plant and wash roots in tepid water
Glad I saw this tread,also have problems with the same saxifrage as Vith.
This is one of the so called Mossy saxifrages. They are normally thought of as being easy. They need a lightly shaded spot in neutral to slightly alkaline soil which is reasonably well drained. As said their main enemy is the dreaded Vine Weevil. They do suffer if they get too hot, especially if the sun shines on them when it is at its greatest strength. The other problem is either too much or too little water.
Thanks Berghill,thats very useful.