The Q&A Archives: My petunias, are they wilted or dead??

Question: I planted petunias in a bed a few days ago. I watered them before the memorial day weekend more then usually because we were gone from friday afternoon until monday night. I came home on monday to find a section either dead or wilted?? I can't tell the difference. The area is more shady then the other area (it gets morning sun only!) I watered them again but I don't know if it was worthless??? Help!!

Also I planted gladious bulbs. I notice they were not coming up (I planted them over a month ago!) I dug them up and noticed they didn't even grow roots yet. I took off the top layer of the bulb and replanted. Did I ruin the bulbs??? HELP. I am new at this.

Answer: It's normal for newly planted annuals to suffer from some transplant shock so the wilting is to be expected. They should perk up in a few days. If not, it's because they didn't get enough water over the weekend. If they don't revive, you may need to replace them.

Removing the outer skin from gladiolus corms might expose them to insect and disease problems but it shouldn't stop them from sprouting. If the corms were stored properly before you planted them and if you didn't plant them too deeply and remembered to water them often enough to keep the soil moist, they should sprout. They may wait until the ground gets a little warmer so don't give up on them yet.

Hope they sprout for you!

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