Southeast Gardening forum: Planting in Clay

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Georgia (Zone 8a)
Region: Georgia Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Houseplants Cactus and Succulents Foliage Fan
Annuals Birds Hummingbirder Critters Allowed Butterflies Bee Lover
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Hamwild
Apr 14, 2017 10:17 AM CST
I recently moved into a house where I've discovered really fits the "Georgia clay" label.

I placed some Canytuft and Daylilies around an Eastern Redbud that we have outside and mulched the area (being careful to not plant too close to the base of the tree and not mulching around the tree).

I guess my concern is my Candytufts. I'm not sure what is "normal" for their blooming/growth habits and I can't tell if I'm slowly killing them due to where they were planted (in clay and mulched).

They receive quite a bit of sun and I only water when the first inch or so is dry to the touch (which is 1-2 times a week). I've noticed that as the blooms finish and fall off, the entire stem dies back. Is this normal? I've also noticed some yellowing, which I think is an indication of being too wet, but is it possible it's due to the clay or something else entirely (stress from being transplanted maybe, even though it's been a few weeks?).

Thank You!
Name: Sondra
NE Houston, Texas (Zone 9a)
Cat Lover Region: Texas Bulbs Cactus and Succulents
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SALL20
Apr 21, 2017 7:33 AM CST
I've never grown Candytuft, but I did a quick search for it's preferred growing conditions. They need alkaline and well drained soil. I suspect that your soil is more acidic and you already know it's clay and not draining well. I would definitely add some compost and maybe replace them with something more suited to your growing conditions. Good luck!
Georgia (Zone 8a)
Region: Georgia Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Houseplants Cactus and Succulents Foliage Fan
Annuals Birds Hummingbirder Critters Allowed Butterflies Bee Lover
Image
Hamwild
Apr 21, 2017 8:53 AM CST
Thank You!

It looks as if the tree we planted everything under may be on its way out, so it looks like I will have to re-do everything in the future anyways! Sighing!

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