Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Mein Garten















First we have Lamb's Ear, and it is truly as soft as a lamb's ear. Next, is the agapanthus - faithfully blooming away - this plant is no prima donna, its very sturdy. My prima donna is the Cajun Hibiscus. Tomorrow I have to dig a hole and mix the mushroom humus (sounds like a spread for crackers, eh?) into the sand and see if perhaps the soil has been too rich - I'm having far too many yellow leaves. Anyone have any ideas?

6 comments:

d34dpuppy said...

2 much water?

Gardenia said...

That is also a possibility. You know a lot, ya know that? I'm thinking of moving the pot back under the porch roof - how's the plants in your area? I think you are in a pretty area if I remember right.

Thought of you when I took grandson to beach - the waves were sparkling with sunlight, the fishies were having a great time jumping up out of the water and back in............

Biddie said...

Not a clue, but OMG, it's so pretty!

mister anchovy said...

My first guess is also too much water. I did a little searching on the web for cajun hibiscus problems: Hibiscus MUST have a well-drained, moisture retentive soil. Even though some cultivars are more tolerant of drainage conditions than others, all tropical hibiscus need a well-drained growing medium.

Most commercial "jungle mixes" and professional potting mixes are fine as long as they drain well and retain moisture without breaking down too quickly. Add some composted hardwood bark if it appears that the soil lacks sufficient porosity. Ideally the potting mixture should be as close to 6.8 as possible and contain a pH buffer.

WATERING

Hibiscus like "even" watering. Don't let your hibiscus get too dry or stay too wet. If dried out for too long, the plant can drop its leaves or even go into shock and die, despite renewed watering. If overwatered, especially in pots, fungal disease can destroy the root system, or the soil can pack and deprive the roots of needed oxygen. In short, Do NOT water plants if they are still wet.

Gardenia said...

Thanks - I've closed off the two much water starting today - we'll see if that helps - if not, we'll redo the soil composition.

Candy Minx said...

Gardenia, I have a black thumb. Just useless with plants and gardens. I love gardens though and your Lamb's Ears are very cute.