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Jan 14, 2018 2:32 AM CST
I have just had my second set of hawkeri's start to Wilt and die just after repotting, about 5 days. I used Lupin mulch in the bottom of the pot and mixed some with blood and bone and potting mix with some seasol. I then used the Lupin on top to retain moisture. Then they started to Wilt and lay flat, then dry out and die. They are under the patio with good indirect light, some where getting a bit of morning light, but I moved them. Last time one out of four survived and this time it's looking like I'm going to lose all 7 that I bought. What have I done to these poor plants any advice.
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sallyg
Jan 14, 2018 6:40 AM CST
are you sure they are thoroughly watered?
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Christine
Jan 14, 2018 7:16 AM CST
To add to Sally's post, the soil also looks compacted to my eyes, or it's just dry like Sally stated
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 14, 2018 8:44 AM CST
Take some cuttings quick! Before they die altogether. Impatiens start easily from cuttings, and I think you need to start some new plants as backup. You really need to use potting mix for potted plants. Other garden soil products just compact and don't allow enough air to the roots.

They do look like they've dried out to me, too. Heft the pots and see if they feel light-ish. If so, slide one out of its pot and see if the soil is dried into a 'brick' that doesn't absorb water. Then sit each of them in a bucket of warm water (or all of them in the sink) until they've soaked up enough water to moisten all the soil in the pot. If the plants perk up again, get rid of that soil mix and pot them into some fresh, sterile potting mix. (well moistened beforehand)
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Dawesville
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Jan 14, 2018 10:22 PM CST
I had mixed some of the local dirt, sand really and is know for being hydrophobic. It was definitely to compact, but all the soil was still moist. The roots had died off and the root bundle was about half the size than when I repotted. I loosened up each one and re-watered with a little more seasol as it had been a week. I don't know if it's too late, but I hope I haven't stuffed it again. I had already tried a cutting when I broke a stalk when repotting and it just died straight away. I think I might be developing a black thumb.

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