Wilting Leaves On Visons Astilbe, Tried Out During Heat Wave - Knowledgebase Question

Mississauga, ON
Question by shirleybert
July 23, 2002
Wilting leaves on visons astilbe. I was away for a week and the plant dried out during heat wave. The plant was just purchased and I have now transplanted it to a half barrel using top soil with compost. The leaves are green but curled badly and the flowers seem to have a dull lavender tone.
Should I cut off the dried leaves or will they return?
Should I change the soil to a more moist soil.
Can I leave the plant in the barrel during the winter or do I need to bring it inside.


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Answer from NGA
July 23, 2002

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a rich soil; container-grown plants require frequent feeding in addition to the carefuly watering. Use a water soluble fertilizer or a long lasting slow release fertilizer per the label instructions. Taper off feeding in the fall to allow the plant time to harden off before winter.

The flowers will change color as they age and begin to fade. Drying out would accelerate the fading process just as moister soil will help them last as long as possible. When they look ugly to you, trim them off.

Enjoy your astilbe! a rich soil; container-grown plants require frequent feeding in addition to the carefuly watering. Use a water soluble fertilizer or a long lasting slow release fertilizer per the label instructions. Taper off feeding in the fall to allow the plant time to harden off before winter.

The flowers will change color as they age and begin to fade. Drying out would accelerate the fading process just as moister soil will help them last as long as possible. When they look ugly to you, trim them off.

Enjoy your astilbe!

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