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02/06/2013 at 16:37

I bought this gorgeous purple Senetti from Homebase about a month ago. It didn't come with many instructions. Firstly I potted it and put it in my front garden where it quickly became battered by the wind. So I moved it to a sheltered area and all seemed to be well. But now a month on the flowers seem to be struggling. I keep it well watered and have been regularly feeding with a general npk. No signs of slug attack although I did notice a few ants on the flowers and some of the petals have dark spots on them.

I've been dead heading the unhealthy looking flowers but if I carry on its going to look like Morticia Addams' plants on the Addams family :/

Will post some pics.

Appreciate any advice you have guys.

02/06/2013 at 17:50

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/24621.jpg?width=306&height=350&mode=max

 Here you can see some of the flowers are wilting. Some are also paler in colour.

02/06/2013 at 17:51

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/24623.jpg?width=306&height=350&mode=max

 Some of the petals wither away. They don't appear to have any bite marks however.

02/06/2013 at 17:53

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/24624.jpg?width=306&height=350&mode=max

 This pic shows the patches appearing on some of the petals.

02/06/2013 at 18:42

You might have been over-watering, especially as the weather is still not very warm. While the temperatures are low let the compost dry out between waterings - lots of useful info on this site http://msucares.com/news/print/sgnews/sg11/sg110215.html

Good luck 

02/06/2013 at 19:01
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

You might have been over-watering, especially as the weather is still not very warm. While the temperatures are low let the compost dry out between waterings - lots of useful info on this site http://msucares.com/news/print/sgnews/sg11/sg110215.html

Good luck 

Thank you Dovefromabove, that would make sense as I may have been a bit over zealous with the watering can. Thanks for the link, will check it out now.

02/06/2013 at 19:36

hey the dove is back

senetti for me has always been a spring, cool weather plant....i mean not cold but not hot either.  it doesnt like the long hot summer days.  best used in the spring and then discarded.

however i have experimented with this a bit to try and make this a summer flowering plant but it just looked pathetic  you can cut it back hard, feed it and overwinter it in greenhouse for flowering next spring

02/06/2013 at 19:37

 Hi yes I'm back - lovely sunshine you arranged for us in Cornwall Verdun - eternally in your debt 

02/06/2013 at 20:10

Thanks @verdun, if the situation doesn't improve then that's what I'll do.

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