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A sad day....


When I first got into plants and gardening two years ago, my brother in law had given me one of his “seed starters” and I planted a variety of seeds over the winter in it to see what would happen:

It was one of those plastic “portable greenhouses” and I started some of the plants that I currently have including three Columbines. To make a long story short, one of them has passed away for no reason:

It breaks my heart, because this little guy was one of the first successes that I had in the early days.. :-(
Two others have survived, though and I’m researching that species to see what the other two need to survive:

The poor ‘lil guys are still in a horrible mix of “Scotts potting soil” that is over a year old, so I’m thinking that a “dry rooting” into organic potting soil might just save them. The problem is that they are very delicate plants and the re-potting process will be like “brain surgery”..
This will be quite a challenge as you can imagine. We’ll see what happens.
Their current pots are about the right size, but I’m not sure what I’ll see once the roots are exposed.
We’ll see what happens.. :-)

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My expert in house gardener suggests that new potting soil is exactly what you need. Good luck!

7 Oct, 2009


oh such a shame
always a sad day when something dies
best of luck with the others

x x x

7 Oct, 2009


what a shame good luck with the others

7 Oct, 2009 there a reason why you can't plant them in the soil in the garden?? They have a long root system, and you might find that they thrive there, rather than in pots, n2organics. I do hope so! It's awful losing plants. :-(

7 Oct, 2009


Spritzhenry, the reason that the columbine's are in containers is because they are a native zone 5-7 plant and I'm attempting to grow them in a zone 8 area that theoretically should never work. In the containers, I have the ability to control the nutrients, and move them to control the growing environment, lighting, and other variables that affect the plants. The native soil around here is that dreaded hard black clay that usually needs tons of organic preparation to support anything. What I run into is that plants that are planted into the native soil often develop the dreaded "pot in the ground" syndrome and have circling roots that cut off growth from the upper structures. :-(

The little guys just need to be "up-potted" into some organic potting soil and fed with the "good stuff", and they should be very happy campers. :-)

8 Oct, 2009

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