Answer: If your plants are performing poorly, even with adequate fertilizer, I suspect the problem is with the soil. Sadly, no amount of water or fertilizer is going to improve the area where the roots are planted. I think it would be worth the effort to dig the plants, amend the soil with organic matter, and then replant. After digging the plants (set them in a shaded area with the roots covered to prevent drying), spread 4-5 inches of organic matter over the entire bed and then dig it in to a depth of about 8". Use compost, shredded leaves, aged manure, or whatever organic matter you can find locally. Amending the soil in this way will aerate it, improve drainage, add nutrients and make the area more hospitable to your plants. After replanting, water well to help settle the soil and then make it a habit of applying water deeply once or twice a week throughout the growing season. Your plants should respond with lots of healthy new growth and an abundance of flowers. Enjoy!
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