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Pot plants dying off in middle

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 15:24

Hello all,

I have the same issue with three pot plants on my balcony: some pinks, an Arabis arendsii and a couple of Aubrietia. They've all put on a good show, but the Arabis and the Aubrietia are long over (I cut them back after flowering), while the pinks in question have about finished their first flush. 

My problem is that they've died off quite a bit in the centre. The peripheral growth looks healthy, but the middle is brown and empty looking. They're not rotten, and if you cut the stems, they're healthy-looking inside. 

Is there any trick to fix this problem? Should I simply have cut them back much harder? Can I do so now without risk of killing them?

Thank you!

Plant ID

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 19:47
Ladybird4 says:

Hi ommthree. Its campion

See original post

 Thank you very much!

Plant ID

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 19:40

Hi everyone,

I saw this pretty thing, and wondered what it was. Any thoughts?

Thank you!

Transplanting Delay = Stunted Tomatoes, Or?

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 08:41

Tomatoes seem pretty forgiving. I've treated mine horribly in the past and they still come into their own in due time!

To Pinch Out or Not?

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 08:32

Thanks hollie hock! I only just saw your reply. That makes sense to me!

Chaenomeles Leaf Problems

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 15:03

Thanks pansyface. They were starting to probe outwards, but they had obviously only just started to do so.

Chaenomeles Leaf Problems

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 12:52

So... I had a good look at the roots. All white and healthy-looking with no sign of any grubs or other unhoped for infestations. But the interesting thing was that the roots had really barely started to move beyond the original much smaller rootball. So I'm thinking that it probably just needs to establish itself a bit. It's bound to struggle bringing in nutrients with such a tiny root ball.

I shall feed it well and keep it under observation. Thank you everyone!

Chaenomeles Leaf Problems

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 10:49

Thanks everyone.

Pretty sure it's not wind in this case, as it's a very calm spot. I did feed it a couple of weeks back, but will try giving it another feed certainly. Perhaps a foliar feed to perk it up as well.

As for the compost, I've always struggled with loam-based composts in pots: I find it hard to get the watering right. So I've gravitated over the last couple of years to less and less loam in my mixes with good results for the most part. And then I am pretty free with my liquid fertilisers. But perhaps that approach is not working for this particular plant.

Food for thought everyone. Thank you.

Chaenomeles Leaf Problems

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 09:57

Thanks both.

I will have a look at the roots certainly. What am I looking for there beyond obvious signs of rot?

I wonder whether my potting mix was a bit alkaline for it? 


Chaenomeles Leaf Problems

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 08:51

Hi All,

I have a Chaenomeles (flowering quince) in a pot on my balcony. I got it in about February and it flowered very nicely. It's come into leaf now but after a few weeks the leaves aren't looking that healthy. They are a bit yellow and some are curling. And a couple of the smaller (flowered) branches look quite dead. The pot is about 30cm tall and 30cm wide while the plant itself is about 40cm tall at the moment. 

It has been raining a fair bit, but I don't think it's likely to be waterlogged, as I used a very free draining mix with lots of bark and perlite. I have fertilized once this year so far and have treated all my pots for vine weevils just yesterday.

If anybody has any suggestions I'd be very grateful! I'm linking to pictures.


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