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Stressed Out Potted Containers



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When planting a garden container you plan it out logically and emotionally.  You select the perfect garden planter and plant materials.  Then all of a sudden the planted container starts to show stress.  What do you do?  You need to find out what is going on and how you can stop it immediately.  A planted container can't wait long for you to figure it out.  Here are a few ideas to go to first.

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The first place to go is to find out what is going on with the potted plants roots.  The area that grows beneath the ground into the soil.  Watch for Vine Weevil attacks.  Many come in nursery plants and feed on the plants leaves and lay their eggs in the soil.  Once the eggs hatch after about 10 days, the grubs burrow into the soil and feed underground on roots.  Sooner than later the plant is unable to drink water and collapses.

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Use sharp mulches like broken egg shells to discourage adult weevils from laying eggs.  Pick them off of the plants if you see them.

Next check the drainage.  Make sure the drain hole in the base of the planter is not plugged with soggy soil or rocks.  Maybe you need more than one drain hole so plan on drilling more holes with a masonary bit.  If the roots become water logged it will suffocate them and they will die.

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Cover the flowerpots drain hole with pot shards or use pot filler to help the water to drain thru the soil without plugging the drain hole.

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Lastly, is your potted plant starving.  Every time you water your potted plants you loose nutrients from the potting soil.  If you don't fertilize your soil and plants they will starve and eventually stress out and die.
Regardless how good the potting mix is watering will deplete nutrients over time.  Use a good fertilizer and keep the potted plants you are trying to grow healthy longer.

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