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Prince George, BC. Canada (Zone 4a)
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Airborne1888
Dec 16, 2017 10:44 AM CST
I have been growing these in a pot and got them to about six inches tall and now they are drying up and no amount of nurturing seems to help. Any suggestions? Thanks
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Xeramtheum
Dec 16, 2017 12:16 PM CST
Hi,

Do you have them near a window with cold drafts or are they getting hit by a vent with hot air from your house heating system? How's the humidity where they are? Are the branches crispy dry or supple? If they are supple it just might be that they dropped their leaves and are trying to go dormant.

I grow these too and they seem to thrive in morning sun and dappled shade in the afternoon. I keep the soil on the dry side of moist as they aren't too fond of 'wet feet'. In Winter I cut them back and keep them in a heated greenhouse and a little bit dryer.

A picture would help too!
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G'Kar
Prince George, BC. Canada (Zone 4a)
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Airborne1888
Dec 16, 2017 2:05 PM CST
They are in my garage which never goes below 60F, under strong fluorescent grow lights. There is no life left as both the branches and leaves are dry. Water might be the problem as I have not made any effort to keep the dry,
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Culture is a multiplicity of rights that clash with other's rights! Kindness is a language understood by both, the deaf and the blind.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Only dead fish go with the flow!
Plant and/or Seed Trader Birds Cat Lover Greenhouse Tropicals Bulbs
Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus Hybridizer Garden Sages Butterflies
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Xeramtheum
Dec 16, 2017 2:27 PM CST
Sorry, but it does sound like you drown them. I got some seeds this year from these guys if you'd like to try again. Just send me a Treemail with your address. Just click on my name.

"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

G'Kar

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