The Q&A Archives: Dying petunias--why

Question: I have planted petunias in my flower bed after removing snapdragons. The petunias in half of the bed died. I replanted in the same area and they died again, The petunias in the other half of the bed have grown and remained healthy. What is causing this and how do I corret this problem?

Answer: If the sun exposure, water and fertilizer are the same, then I would suspect some soil problem. I'd remove the plants, spread 3-4 inches of organic matter over the soil and dig it in to a depth of about 8 inches. This will improve the tilth of the soil which will help it drain quickly yet hold just the right amount of moisture. Since snapdragons grew there before, the soil should be reasonably good enough for petunias. Good luck with your next planting!

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