The Q&A Archives: Why are my Mayoria Queens (flax) dying

Question: I had 6 Mayori Queens in my back yard. Last year two of them died (or appeared to) and this year the other 4 did. At one point some of them were 6 feet tall and over time, the long stems turned brown and the whole plant started to rot. Why did this happen when 2 years ago they were so healthy?

Answer: Flax requires a rich, well draining soil and can become victims of root rot when soils are not quite right. I suspect your plants died from over-saturated soils and the symptoms appeared quite slowly. If you decide to replace your plants, be sure to amend the soil with organic matter to help it drain quickly so you can avoid root rot in the future. Best wishes with your landscape!

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