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Los Gatos, CA
Apr 30, 2020 3:08 PM CST

We planted 35 Carex Testacea in April 2019 and a year later the plants seem dead or close to dead (see attached before and after photos): some of them have a couple green and orange leaves while others a fully brown. We live in the Bay Area near San Jose. Some of the plants get a lot of sun while others are in the shade. Orientation is W and NW. Plants are water-dripped. We had gophers but they did not go everywhere and the root are still there. Any suggestions on what to do?

April 2019:
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April 2020:
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Thank you,


Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
Quitter's never Win
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May 1, 2020 4:02 AM CST
Your plants are in drought state, and the reason is because your alkaline and not taking water properly. When the pH of soil is high and the tap water is high its hard for the ground to take in water. That being said you also have some areas on a slope. Plants are not getting enough water.
Its so important to have your soil tested and find out everything you need to know from a soil test.
NOT A EXPERT! Just a grow worm! I never met a plant I didn’t love.✌
Los Gatos, CA
May 1, 2020 3:35 PM CST
Thank you. Should I consider those plants dead or is there something worth trying?

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