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Apr 11, 2016 3:59 PM CST
|I've grown a Forget Me Not from several seeds. It seems to be doing ok sometimes but other times it looks like it does in the photo. Does it need more water? It's in the shade of a tree all the time. Today when I took this photo the temp was 89 outside. Too hot for it? |
Apr 11, 2016 4:44 PM CST
|Probably both. Tender plants have a tough time in heat like that. They should be kept moist, but not wet. In hotter temps, things can quickly go from pretty, to floppy within minutes, almost like they pass out. When I was in AZ, I had to protect little ones like these. I kept them outside, but tried to find spots with no direct sun and somewhere that was on the cooler side, like behind a pillar. If the concrete was too hot, that was also a problem. When it got to be 100, then I had to move them to the coolest spot I could find- was a little challenging. But I would still take 89 degrees over snow....... :)|
Edit: Should've included that under a tree probably isn't enough protection, would be too warm.
Apr 11, 2016 6:22 PM CST
|Thanks Alyssa, it seems to be recovering nicely now. Luckily it's going to be cooler for the next week or so which should help it a lot. I guess what I could do on the hot days is mist it several times a day to see if that helps. As I said it's already under out large non-flowering Mulberry tree in the front yard and it's in the shade of a very large geranium and a Cleome which has the same symptoms when it gets hot. And I do agree I'll take anything over snow.|
Apr 11, 2016 6:54 PM CST
|Once the little plants get their legs and they go into bigger pots, they will do better in the heat. |
I found watering them in the evening seemed to help, because they would soak it up overnight. Until it got really hot. Then it had to be morning AND evening. I guess that's why so many neighbors had cactus in their pots.......but where's the fun in that?
Apr 11, 2016 7:21 PM CST
|I may have to split them up as they get larger Alyssa. Quite a few around here have rock yards with cactus.|