The Q&A Archives: Newly planted Physostegia virginiana

Question: I planted 2 pots of Physostegia virginiana-miss manners 1 week ago. I followed instructions and seem to have the right soil and sun, except that it's been cloudy for this whole week. Now my leaves are curling under like there's a problem. Any suggestions about what I should or shouldn't do?

Answer: I think your Obedient plants are showing some signs of transplant stress, from which they will recover in a short time. As a matter of fact, having cloudy weather right after transplanting is a bonus. Newly transplanted perennials need a few weeks to re-establish their root systems and many will wilt or even lose leaves while they are doing this, especially if the weather is hot and the summer sun is beating down on them. I know your new plants will recover soon. Try watering them every 2-3 days for the next few weeks. They will grow in either moist or dry soils but I think giving them just a little extra moisture while the roots are estabishing will help them. You'll see new growth soon and when you do you can prune off anything that's brown or wilted. Enjoy your new plants!

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