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13/08/2013 at 12:49

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?

13/08/2013 at 13:09

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.

13/08/2013 at 13:26

For the pot grown ones check for vine weevil grubs in the soil. They do love them.

14/08/2013 at 17:51

Thanks guys. Berghill, these ones are Saxifraga Touran Deep Rose. Addict, I shall inspect my soil the second it stops raining!

 

14/08/2013 at 17:56

Rain?! Send some this way pls 

14/08/2013 at 18:11

when i check for vine weevil i dig up the plant and wash roots in tepid water

14/08/2013 at 18:55

Glad I saw this tread,also have problems with the same saxifrage as Vith.

14/08/2013 at 20:08

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.

14/08/2013 at 21:24

Thanks Berghill,thats very useful.

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