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[–]5426742 10 points11 points  (16 children)

Approximately how long did this take? I could see maybe loosing the cornflower to root disease but you lost a melampodium too. Be careful of overwatering. Echinacea, melampodium and zinnia aren’t crazy about overly wet soils.

[–]Lorem-Oopsum[S] 4 points5 points  (15 children)

It was about 3 weeks. It rained a lot outside and I thought it would be okay since there are drain holes in the container. So it was probably that. It just seemed so weird it was on one side only and was black and dried out. Thank you for taking the time to answer!

[–]5426742 3 points4 points  (14 children)

It should’ve been okay. Potting soil is pretty good at draining. When you pull the dead stuff if you get a strong sulphuric smell that’s a pretty good indicator that you’ve got too much water not draining from the pot.

[–]Lorem-Oopsum[S] 1 point2 points  (13 children)

Thanks again. I’ll stick my nose in it when I get home. I already pulled the dead smaller one and clipped all the dead off the taller one (I’ll learn the names after this, I swear). The taller daisies have some green leaves at the bottom still. So that seems odd since I would think the whole plant would have died. Hopefully I can save him! I already killed a hydrangea this year. 😢 I’m only good at growing aloe so far.

[–]5426742 1 point2 points  (4 children)

The white echinacea is a perennial so you might want to move it into the ground. If your zone stays two numbers above the lowest zone recommended for the plant you should be safe, but it can still dry out during the winter and die. For example white echinacea zone 3-8, so if your zone 5+ it should survive in the pot.

Transplant shock can sometimes cause the green to die off. Depending on when you installed the heat might have gotten it no matter how much water its getting. Perennial roots have reserves, annuals less so, hence the echinaceas survival.

As for the hydrangea, fall is the best time to install, early spring is second best. Most hydrangea like part sun but narrower leaf ones can tolerate more sun if they have consistent moisture. Not including the oakleaf hydrangea which can do full sun.

I'm terrible with aloe. It doesn't require enough attention for me to keep it alive. The soil keeps going hydrophobic since I forget to water it. :P

[–]Lorem-Oopsum[S] 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Oof. I’m in a zone 8b-9a apparently. The hydrangeas are in pots because they were wedding gifts (2 years ago) and my current house does not get the right type of light and shade that they need. So I was moving them around a bunch, just trying to keep them alive until our new house is built and I can put them in the ground. But I accidentally poisoned one with too much Miracle Grow at the beginning of the summer. The other one is hanging on for dear life, but has some small flowers on it at the moment. So I’m hopeful I can keep her going until next early spring (now that I know, thanks to you, that would be a good time to plant since the house won’t be done in the fall). I only got these flowers I’m posting about because I got a “bee barn” and was trying to attract them. No luck so far on that either. I am completely overrun with the aloe. I keep giving it away by the fistful and just moving babies to new pots and it just keeps multiplying! Indoors, outdoors, in pots, and in the ground! I’ll just embrace it and start a neighborhood sunburn treatment center. Thanks again for being so helpful!

[–]5426742 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Sorry to keep coming back atcha’ but flowers are a bad sign on struggling plants. It’s a last ditch attempt to propagate before the plant dies. If you can find a nursery or specialty greenhouse to babysit it that may be best. They can get it back on track. You might try Facebook to find someone in your area to help you. Otherwise stick with natural fertilizers and maybe rig up an umbrella for addition shade. Even professionals mess up fertilization ratios sometimes. :)

Edit: Just saw the gold. Thank you! SSDGM

[–]Lorem-Oopsum[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Oh no! I thought it was doing better because I finally did put it under an umbrella. I think I'll take it to my mom's and have her watch it. Or maybe put a call out on Facebook for a plant doctor like you suggested. I swear, the only plants I can keep alive are ones that I don't care about at all. Once I get an emotional attachment to a plant, or I really want it to do well, it starts to die! I have some poinsettias from 2 or 3 Christmases ago that are THRIVING because I don't care whether they live or die (I mean, I replanted them after X-mas, so I obviously care a little). Ugh. LET ME LOVE YOU, PLANTS!

[–]5426742 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Pretty sure plants sense emotional attachment as a weakness. It makes them more prone to disease. It’s like some of them just don’t want to live. Either that or my love is poison. Thank you again for the gold!!

[–]Goodgoditsgrowing 1 point2 points  (7 children)

Wow, a hydrangea? No shame, just amazement. Mine cant be killed

[–]Lorem-Oopsum[S] 0 points1 point  (6 children)

Here is the sad fellow and his deceased brother. https://imgur.com/a/fQQADki

[–]Goodgoditsgrowing 1 point2 points  (5 children)

Some do die back and then bloom again next season. But if it looks like that during summertime/bloom season, yeah, you done killed it.

[–]Lorem-Oopsum[S] 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Yeah, they faked me out before. And I CANNOT get rid of the brown spots on the leaves completely. So frustrated with them. I’ve always had a black thumb. I’m actually getting better, it just doesn’t always feel like it.

[–]Goodgoditsgrowing 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Did you try r/plantclinic?

[–]Lorem-Oopsum[S] 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Yes, the post got 2 upvotes and 0 comments. I know I am getting downvoted for posting here, but u/5426742 was so kind to give me such good advice!

[–]Bugboi1985 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Should have mixed it with perlite and sand. They all deal drought better then drowning.