The Q&A Archives: My Flower Bed

Questioner's Location: Berlin, NJ
Date: August 30, 1999

Question: It's the wierdest thing. I have a flower bed that faces north and I planted geraniums, gladiolas, and dahlias this year. The plants on the right side of the bed are growing big and tall. The ones in the middle are average in height and in size and the ones on the very left side are small in height and size. I didnt have this problem last year. Would you have an explanation of why you think this might of happend? I water the plants all equally and I think they all get the same anount of direct sunlight each day. I just think it may be this crazy South Jersey weather that we always have but who knows. Its just really wierd. Please write me back.

Answer: With a little observation you may find that there is a difference in the growing conditions that will account for it. Since this was a very dry year I would bet it is a difference in the amount of water they receive. Possibly the drainage pattern directs more water to the end where things grew better. If you use a watering system, possibly the delivery or pressure is uneven or if you fertilize with a hose end sprayer perhaps it is misfunctioning and applying it unevenly. There is very likely an explanation to be found with a little detective work -- in the meantime, yup, that's weird!

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