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Several of my plants have died after the winter and the remaining two have very poor growth to date. I am puzzled as to why they have not taken after being planted last summer when they seemed to be settling quite well in my garden. Could it be due to all the rain in early spring? The soil is well-drained, but there is nothing else that seems obvious to me. Any tips welcome, please.

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  • Posted: Sat. 30th June 2012 11:02

Re: Whirling Butterflies - poor growth and some plants died

Reply from Patricia Jones

These plants come from Texas and Mexico.They are Hardy but dislike wet ground.
They need lots of grit to provide good drainage incorporated into the planting hole.
You might rescue the ones you still have by replanting and adding a thick layer of grit or fine gravel under the plants, so water can drain away from them.
They need full sun too.
You could grow them in a clay pot and move it in winter to the greenhouse or cold frame to keep them on the dry side.

  • Posted: Sun. 1st July 2012 12:17

Re: Re: Whirling Butterflies - poor growth and some plants died

Reply from Catherine O'Regan

Thankyou, Patricia. Good advice - sorry for my late response to your post.

  • Posted: Tue. 17th July 2012 12:22

Re: Re: Re: Whirling Butterflies - poor growth and some plants died

Reply from Patricia Jones

Hope you managed to save them.

  • Posted: Tue. 17th July 2012 15:21