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bad companions

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Val15-May-03 03:51 PM EST 8   
Ed15-May-03 08:24 PM EST 5a   
Susan16-May-03 08:05 AM EST 6a   

Subject: bad companions
From: Val
Zone: 8
Date: 15-May-03 03:51 PM EST

I know not to plant fennel with veggies. But has anyone heard of bad perennial combos?I had flowers on my wisteria(finally after patiently waiting for 5 years-in the spring of 2001)but last year the plant only had about 2 shoots on it and this year looks very dead. I pruned according to ALL the literature I had but I planted a mallow and Sedum autumn joy at the base of it spring 2002..Could these plant roots have affected the wisteria????Any comments!

Subject: RE: bad companions
From: Ed
Zone: 5a
Date: 15-May-03 08:24 PM EST

Val, sorry about your wisteria, but I would seriously consider looking at alternate reasons for its untimely demise; a healthy plant, given normal care at planting and after,would not likely be concerned with any nearby plants.

Subject: RE: bad companions
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 16-May-03 08:05 AM EST

I agree with Ed. I can't imagine a wisteria being affected by the plants you name. There's also not much in the way of pests and diseases that attack them. I suspect the most likely culprit is something to do with a change in its environment - prolonged drought, change in drainage or soil level, contamination of the soil with something or other 'abiotic' reasons such as those...

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