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Coeur d Alene, Idaho
Timk_83814
Jun 2, 2020 6:49 PM CST
Hi,

These foxgloves were just planted this week and all of a sudden the leaves are turning dark and blotchy. Any idea what would be causing this? We think we followed the planting directions well.

Thank you,
Tim
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BigBill
Jun 2, 2020 7:27 PM CST
Are they in full sun? It might be transplanting shock or transplant stress. Or the shock of being suddenly in full sun.
Also what has the temperature been like. Warm growing plants can develop reddish purple leaves with cool to cold temperatures.
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Coeur d Alene, Idaho
Timk_83814
Jun 2, 2020 7:46 PM CST
BigBill said:Are they in full sun? It might be transplanting shock or transplant stress. Or the shock of being suddenly in full sun.
Also what has the temperature been like. Warm growing plants can develop reddish purple leaves with cool to cold temperatures.


Thanks for the quick response Bill. They are in a spot that gets morning and evening sun but not mid-day, which seemed like a good match for their needs. The temperature here has been wildly varying since they were planted, with nearly 90F on Saturday and only around 60F on Sunday. It has dipped a little below 50 at night so maybe that's it or part of it.

Transplant shock or stress is something that I didn't think of so thanks for mentioning that -- should help me and my wife to panic less. We've removed our entire front lawn and are replacing it with flowering plants, and so far things are looking really good except these guys who kind of got us worrying.

Tim
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BigBill
Jun 2, 2020 7:57 PM CST
I am thinking that they will be fine once these crazy spring temperature swings subside.
Once they take hold and get growing, they will look better.
Here in Michigan it was 91 on May 24th and yet on the day after Mother's Day which was May 11th, I had sleet coming down and the high was 37! That is just crazy!
I bought butterfly bushes and could not plant them until the 16th when I was sure that it would be warm enough! How can plants adjust?
It was 90 today and yet Sunday morning was 45! Just crazy!
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Coeur d Alene, Idaho
Timk_83814
Jun 2, 2020 9:20 PM CST
Thanks for the perspective. We will be patient and hope they perk up.
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pirl
Jun 2, 2020 9:30 PM CST
Welcome to NGA.

Your new leaves look fine - perky and happy. Don't fret unless you get the crispy leaves but, if it happens, you can remove them and they'll be replaced by new leaves.

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