Posted by: Erin | May 8, 2009

Plant Deathwatch

I wish I could say that all my plants are as happy as my Streamer Mix Sweet Pea seedlings. But alas, they are not.

Of the plants I bought at Mahoney’s, three are unwell. The Orange Symphony has basically just kicked the bucket with no hope of revival. The dwarf sunflower (which was my early garden favorite) looks like it’s on it’s way out, too – the flower died (as is expected), but the leaves are looking droopy (though they’re not limp) and I’m not sure the buds are still viable. And the wonderfully cheery, bud-filled bright yellow dahlia has a bunch of limp, dead leaves. (On the upside, there do seem to be a bunch of very new buds that don’t look dead yet.)

Fortunately, Mahoney’s has a 30-day guarantee for annuals and indoor plants, so I will be calling them this afternoon to see what the deal is. The only unfortunate thing is that I can’t get there easily to show them the plants. (Perhaps I will ask one of my lovely car-owning friends to help me out.) I like Mahoney’s, and I’ve shopped there before, so I’m really hoping they’ll make this right. I can’t think of anything I’ve done wrong with the plants: they’ve been in bright indirect sunlight for a few hours a day, and I’ve watered them as necessary. The only thing I didn’t do is repot them, because I haven’t had time (though that was on this weekend’s list of things to do ). So I really don’t know what went wrong, and I’m very frustrated by it. They were beautiful plants that I was looking forward to taking care of this summer.

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