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Name: Marlise G
Southern New Jersey (Zone 6b)
MarliseG
Jun 15, 2016 9:25 AM CST
A month ago, I planted a Monarda Jacob Cline. It seemed to love its location of partly sunny, between a rhododendron and a Miss Kim Lilac. It developed flower buds. But I noticed there was also some type of bug that was eating holes in the leaves. I sprayed it with Fungicide3, which says it is a fungicide, insecticide, and miticide. About a week later, the plant drooped. Another week out, and it is still not back to where it was. Recently, I watered it two days in a row thinking it could be from lack of water. Still nothing. It looks like it is dead. I cannot find anything online about what could be going on. Does anyone have thoughts on this? I would appreciate anything. Thank you so much.
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jun 15, 2016 12:37 PM CST
I don't think it is dead, quite. Did you plant it from a pot, and if so was the pot well-watered before transplanting? Had you watered it any other time in the month between planting and the recent watering? Past a certain point, if a plant gets too dry the more shrivelled leaves won't return to normal but the plant may survive. Is that pesticide primarily neem oil?

Edited to add, is that poison ivy behind the Monarda on the left?
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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Jun 15, 2016 1:55 PM CST
Just to confuse you, over-watering Monarda has the same effect as under-watering. Droopy leaves. Smiling It seems that if it was under-watering, the leaves would dry up, not just droop.

Also, is it planted in loose, fast draining soil? Although Monarda like to be constantly moist, they do not like to be constantly soggy.
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jun 15, 2016 2:05 PM CST
They do look dried up to me. The happiest monarda I've ever grown was planted at the edge of a pond. Quoting from the Missouri Botanical Garden monarda page:

"Best grown in rich, medium to wet, moisture-retentive soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers rich, humusy soils in full sun, although some afternoon shade is appreciated in hot summer climates. Soil should not be allowed to dry out."

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFind...

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