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Out of 3 Columbines, only 1 thriving


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AJ10-Jun-02 02:40 PM EST 5a   
Newt11-Jun-02 12:35 AM EST 7   
AJ11-Jun-02 10:32 AM EST 5a   
Newt15-Jun-02 05:41 AM EST 7   
Ed15-Jun-02 08:43 AM EST 5b   


Subject: Out of 3 Columbines, only 1 thriving
From: AJ
Zone: 5a
Date: 10-Jun-02 02:40 PM EST

Last spring I planted 3 'Blue Star' Columbines, and they bloomed beautifully. This year all three are growing back, but one looks great, one looks fair, and the other looks horrible! I think the last one may even be almost dead. I can't understand what would happen that would affect each one differently like that. I can't see any evidence of pests or anything like that. Any thoughts on what's behind this? It's my favorite flower & I really want it to work but I don't know much about it. Can I do anything to help them?


Subject: RE: Out of 3 Columbines, only 1 thriving
From: Newt
Zone: 7
Date: 11-Jun-02 12:35 AM EST

Columbines are short lived perennials. It's best to let some of them go to seed and they'll surprise you with the places they'll pop up. Also, they just might rebound for next year. Do try and be patient.

Good luck, Newt


Subject: RE: Out of 3 Columbines, only 1 thriving
From: AJ
Zone: 5a
Date: 11-Jun-02 10:32 AM EST

Thank you, Newt. I did actually let them go to seed last year. It's just so discouraging to see one of them practically dead and another pretty pathetic looking. I can't do anything right now to help perk them up? I've been feeding with the miracle-gro hose attachment.


Subject: RE: Out of 3 Columbines, only 1 thriving
From: Newt
Zone: 7
Date: 15-Jun-02 05:41 AM EST

I think you just answered your own question. :-) You've been feeding them with Miracle Gro? That could be your problem. You may have either burned them or stimulated them to death. I don't use that stuff anymore as it's like putting your plants on steriods. It also leaves behind residual salts. Try something more easily absorbed and less stressful for your plants like fish emulsion or liquid seaweed. You may just want to stop fertilizing completely for now. Also, if you use the Miracle Gro on a regular basis, you are probably killing the tiny seedlings as well. I find that by working in compost to my flower beds and mulching with either aged shredded leaves (often called leaf mold) or compost or even shredded mulch, I never have to fertilize. I started out with really bad clay soil that was so nude it didn't even have any worms!! Compost is almost neutral in ph and is easy on the plants. It offers lot of nutrients to your plants.

Hope this helps, Newt


Subject: RE: Out of 3 Columbines, only 1 thriving
From: Ed
Zone: 5b
Date: 15-Jun-02 08:43 AM EST

One out of 3 is a lot better than none ! The research you will be doing this year will result in better sucess next year, and those following.


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