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Question: I have 50 Ruellia plants. Daily I'm loosing leaves and I dead head the flowers as well. Will this continue all summer long ??? It's definitely a pain keeping these plants looking nice...perhaps you have some advice. I like gardening but I can't seem to keep up with the daily maintaince with this particular plant. Because I'm loosing plant foliage daily, I'm afraid all that will be left is a bare stalk. Any suggestions would be helpful...P.S. love your web site...thank you, Kay

Answer: Kay,

I'm not sure which Ruellia species you have as there are several with quite different growth. Deadheading is not usually needed but I have noticed the dwarf types like Katie do leave an unsightly dead bloom laying around on the plants. That said I have never known anyone to bother with trying to deadhead them. That would indeed be a daily chore!

The loss of foliage points to some type of stress such as drought, soggy (poorly drained) soil, or some other root related problem. I suggest watching the watering so as to keep the soil moist but not too wet.

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