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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Dec 2, 2016 4:32 PM CST
This guy was absolutely doing good for 2 months or lil longer all of a Sudden he gets droopy starts falling over. I said the soil was bad but Elizabeth said it wasnt soil from the flower bed but I believe it is and its no flower bed thats had any added soils or anything to it for planting. So I am having her change the soil now. Im about to see the roots.
Its looked just fine maybe a lil tight not really I had her pull little dirt from bottom to show some roots. Them seem ok i guess ( idk) alot on that to say i dont believe. But it did look all in all healthy nothing smelly or rotting or.mushy.. seems the stem that broke off today just broke off at base. Yet its not mushy either.. i thought that was odd..

Any ideas????
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sooby
Dec 2, 2016 4:37 PM CST
Considering that part is broken it doesn't look all that droopy. Do you have a picture of the rest of the plant, or am I misunderstanding? Is this one of the plants that you over-fertilized the other day?
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Dec 2, 2016 5:16 PM CST
That looks like a cutting that hasn't rooted well yet. Just plant it back up and have patience.
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Dec 3, 2016 6:05 AM CST
Is it a Reiger Begonia?
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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Dec 15, 2016 7:04 AM CST
I cant remember the exact name atm but I will go through my records and find his name, its my daughters plant so I didnt study up on it much as I'd needed to. Obviously , but this plant has died now. He didnt make it now the other plant that she has started to do the same.. I am thinking a few of them were not meant for winter living either.
.so im gonna post the pics again see if we can figure these questions out again.....
These 1st 2 pics are of the plant that died
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2 nd 2 pics are of the plant that are doing the same now slowly dying. . They have plenty of light , i do believe my daughter is under watering them but I dont believe its what is killing them.. maybe these were supposed to die off but this is the 2nd one of this plant to die now. They start falling over 3 in a row now .. stems get droopy they all fall over and slowly turn black then die no matter what i do. Change soils sun, water, they just keep dying on me.... why????????? Its like there not yearly plants maybe.....??????????
Sorry I couldnt find a pic of this plant after it started getting droopy but its just gotten soft stems fell over and tuned black kinda shrunk up some , stems wrinkled up like something old dying of course.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Dec 15, 2016 7:14 AM CST
The potting mix (is there garden soil in it?) for the first two begonia pictures above looks very dry. It's harder to tell with the New Guinea impatiens. What is the potting mix comprised of? New Guinea impatiens don't like to get dry but if the stems are going black perhaps there's some stem rot going on. Does that pot have drainage? Does the potting mix feel damp or dry when you push your finger into it? Which direction does that window face?
Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Dec 15, 2016 7:29 AM CST
I ask my daughter to water them more but her mamma cant be right.. thats how that went. The soil was ok... nothing special nothing horrible either except some of a filler she used some clay dirt but I had her change them all like 2 weeks ago. It dodnt seem to help. When they were repotted the roots did not seem rotten to me. Suppose i could be wrong but nothi g was over wet or mushy at all.if anything again they were too dry... not veey good drainage but that wouldnt matter is ahe underwatered riggt? See what elae did you ask me...
Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Dec 15, 2016 7:35 AM CST
You ask about the sun coming thur window. This is one other reason I thought maybe the reason for all of this

She just moved a month ago and her heat changed air is dry but the plants get more sun as they are facing the morning sun and her windows in the area of the plants get sun from morning till night all day sun. That was perfect but it was a change too. and what if Windows are cold or drafty does that ever hurt a plant? ?? Its not staying cold at yhe windows but i noticed the draft n wonder if that has affected them at all.. curious. ..
Name: Sue
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sooby
Dec 15, 2016 8:18 AM CST
The other question was what were they (or particularly the impatiens) potted into? Is it a commercial potting mix, something you mixed up..? For the begonia, using garden soil in a potting mix is not a good idea especially if it was not heat treated. Firstly because a potting mix needs to be more airy, and secondly because garden soil may have disease organisms in it. Drainage is still better to have even if under-watering. Yes cold, dry air and drafts can negatively affect plants but some plants are more tolerant than others. For the New Guinea the pot looks rather large for the size of the plant but it's hard to tell from pictures what its problem is. It actually doesn't look too bad in the pictures. I may have the wrong impression but it seems you do quite a bit of repotting?
Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Dec 15, 2016 8:38 AM CST
When I started out my yes I have repotted alot! Repotting for winter. Also I have repotted a bunch because of using the wrong soil to start. My plants that I have left are in soil suited per plant.. still working on a soil for terrariums. my next goal and finding activate charcoal for layers as directed by few web sites but I cant seem to find in a store yet. Anyways Im straying. Sorry
So Elizabeth my daughter potted her own flowers from her flower garden using.some store bought potting soil and clay dirt from her flower garden. I did mention to her about the clay and thank goodness one of you mentioned changing the soil in a prior post I had her read that one of you said repot with better soil . So i got her to repot a few i did a few. I think there mostly good.now.
Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Dec 15, 2016 8:42 AM CST
The New Guinea is doing well it just bloomed alot from fertilizer and now is calming and seems to be that he is gonna be fine from all the drama I caused them.
The coleus also done the exact same thing. It Got some new leaves and a little brighter after the feterlizer and is calming back down now. Unfortunately one impatient was lost. Looks like I'm not gonna save the 2nd one either.
And what was the name of the other plant that died.. the larger green plant of the pics. Hell I.cant remember but he didnt make it. He went quickly as if it was the feterlizer. . Dont you agree?
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