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Question: I just recently planted a 'Butterfly Cherry Red' pentas in an east facing bed. Within days of planting, the pentas has started to wilt and droop. It is still fairly green but I am worried if I wait too long to do anything, it may die. Are there any problems associated with pentas that cause them to wilt so soon? Should I prune the wilting blooms and leaves? If so, how far back should I prune? The plant is fairly small, about 6 inches wide and 6 inches tall.

Answer: Katy,

Something went wrong in the roots. Dry soil or soggy wet soil both are deadly to roots. If the roots were damaged in the planting process or dried out this can also be the cause of the wilting. Don't prune them just yet. Try to maintain even soil moisture and give them time to recover. They prefer a bright shade with perhaps some morning sun. If your plants are in full sun the demands direct sun can put on the plants may be a contributing factor to their wilting.

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