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Repotted plant is now dying

Posted: Today at 07:39

A picture would help. The usual causes of wilting like this are: damaged roots when repotting; the wrong type of compost; too little water; too much water and too much bright sunlight while it adjusts. Don't feed it, this will make things worse; move it into a cool, light but not sunny place and water sparingly. Meanwhile, if you post a picture, someone will identify it and tell you how to look after it. It may survive, even now, with a bit of luck and TLC.

Wrecked garden?

Posted: Yesterday at 23:12

I'm rather sad to see this job described as heart-breaking and mind numbing. Personally, I would forget the chemicals and the rotavator and use spades, forks and a pick axe as needed. Do a small area, as Hogweed suggests, with frequent tea breaks and ENJOY the job. It's in the fresh air, invigorating, healthy and rewarding. It's gardening, for Heaven's sake; why all the misery!

Montana Taking off!

Posted: Yesterday at 22:55

Properly managed, they are really beautiful. Good cover for birds, too.

The uncertainty of gardening

Posted: Yesterday at 07:36

When anyone comments on a particular thread they receive a notification each time another comment is made. If this isn't happening for you, look at the tick box under the message. Some people will receive personal messages, too. I think you have to click on your own little symbol at the top of the page and select the appropriate option.

I feel very much as you do about my gardening but I have learned to take the rough with the smooth and also to know my limits! When you read the labels in garden centres it seems like you can grow anything and failure feels personal. But you will learn over time what does and doesn't work for you in your garden with your conditions and the trick is to make the best of that and enjoy it. 


Posted: 23/07/2017 at 22:16

I have some in the ground and one in  a pot. I put the latter in a cold frame over winter and it flowers earlier and better than the others but they all survive. A very severe winter could kill off the outside ones. Don't be too disappointed if your newly potted plant takes a year or two to flower.

The uncertainty of gardening

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 22:07

I think almost everyone feels like you do at first and often a lot later than that! But almost everything in life involves learning and that may include making mistakes.If the worst thing you ever do is put a plant in the wrong place you will have got off lightly, so try not to take it too seriously and enjoy the ups and downs. Be flexible and open minded, too. Sometimes your mistakes will turn into your best bits! You will lose plants, we all lose plants, so choose what you can afford to lose and relax.

Insects of the day

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 13:00

I see 1 or 2 tiger moths each year - South coast of Isle of Wight. 

Insects of the day

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 22:15

I haven't seen cinnabar moths and caterpillars for ages either but this year we have LOADS of them up on the downs.  There are plenty of ragwort plants, too, though you have to be careful of these if animals graze there.


Posted: 17/07/2017 at 22:16

When did you replant it? They can be moved from a container into soil at almost any time but if your neighbour dug it up out of the ground while it was that size she probably damaged the roots. It might survive if you keep it well watered and you could try shading it too while it recovers. If the foliage does not perk up, I would cut it down to just a few pairs of leaves to give it a last chance, but it may already be too late. Good luck.

Is it bad to move plants to a different place?

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 22:04

Most plants can be moved, especially while they are young, as long as you do it the right way. Generally, moves are made in Autumn or Spring, but when the situation is urgent, most will survive. You need to prepare the new ground well, get the hole dug and in dry weather let a watering can of water soak well in first. Water the plant, too, if the ground is dry. Dig up the plant with as much soil as you can, avoiding root damage, and get it straight in, no tea breaks! Keep it watered and watch over it for several weeks. Shelter from intense heat or cold may be needed and very leafy plants often benefit from being cut back a bit when you move them.

I don't know where you are ripply, but if you have very high temperatures and drought at the moment, don't move anything. You could take a cutting from your rosemary and avoid another move.

It would be worth your having a long look at your garden, the soil type, the amount of sun and shade, the spaces to fill, and doing a bit of research on plants before you buy any more. It will work out better in the long run.

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