my bengal...help please(pic)

v1rtu0s1ty(5a)August 14, 2008

The bengal I planted yesterday is not looking so good. The leaves are wilting too bad. The seller took it from her pond. She said that it can be planted on a pot. I remember when I planted it, it had many roots. However, I didn't see similar rhizomes like what I saw when I planted my Mystique and Black Knight. I'm so dissappointed.

What will I do to to keep it alive?

Here she is. :(

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oppalm(6)

me thinks you should water it well and put it someplace in full shade for 3-4 days. It should perk up. it will be fine.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2008 at 8:52PM
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v1rtu0s1ty(5a)

It wasn't that sunny and hot today. I looked at it few mins ago and the leaf closes to the camera is curlying up more. :(

    Bookmark   August 14, 2008 at 9:14PM
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v1rtu0s1ty(5a)

Could this be the culprit? This is the soil I used and no other stuff.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2008 at 9:30PM
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oppalm(6)

thats not good stuff for container planting. I'd repot with a good quality potting soil amended with pine bark mulch and perlite. It makes a nice light fluffy soil for container gardening. use 2 parts potting soil, 1 part pine bark mulch (natural color, no dyes) and 1 part perlite. Now get after it.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2008 at 8:35AM
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v1rtu0s1ty(5a)

I knew something was wrong. When I look at it, I didn't see much soil. Any recommendations for a potting soil that can be bought at home depot or lowes?

Thanks!

    Bookmark   August 15, 2008 at 8:46AM
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eloise_ca

vlrtu0s1ty,

I just use whatever soil I have on hand for my cannas, whether garden dirt or bagged, potting soil. Cannas are pretty hardy so I would not go out and buy the most expensive potting soil. Don't recall any particular potting soil sold by Lowe's or HD, just make sure it is potting soil and not top soil.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2008 at 9:14AM
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v1rtu0s1ty(5a)

ok. What I did this morning is dug out some dirt from my garden bed. Right now, looks like it's doing well. I can see the recovery on the wilting. Hopefully, my eyes are right.

So where do we really use topsoil?

Thanks!

    Bookmark   August 15, 2008 at 2:13PM
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watergal(z6/7 Westminster, MD)

Topsoil is good for your yard, for filling in bare spots in your lawn and backfilling around shrubs. It's terrible for containers.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2008 at 10:57PM
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nightrider767(San Antonio)

Do you have a drain hole in your pot? Looks like they may be getting a little root rot.

I've got very similar plants in the ground that I have been nursing all summer. Still hardly any growth.

I'm going to dig them out and find a shadier location...

Good luck with yours!

    Bookmark   August 27, 2008 at 1:52PM
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v1rtu0s1ty(5a)

I just learned recently that I shouldn't be using pure soil if planting them on pot. I pulled 3 rhizomes and they were soaking wet. Glad the 2 were able to make it healthy and nice. They're like 6 inches tall now.

However, even if they were healthy, I transfered them to my new soil medium.

Here is what I prepared for the rhizomes and the existing cannas.

1. 2 part topsoil scotts
2. 1 part perlite
3. 1 part peat moss
4. 1 part arctic humus
5. 1 part sand

I also changed the pot. It's now draining very well. :)

By the way, if I keep them in my living room, how much water should they get and how often?

    Bookmark   August 27, 2008 at 6:11PM
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unicorn2564

Maybe you planted too deep.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2008 at 6:47PM
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v1rtu0s1ty(5a)

I found out the issue about 2 weeks ago. I learned that when planting in pots, I should use pure soil and that I should have good draining. The pots I used didn't have good drainage.

I corrected them by removing the pure soil and used a mix I made. I used perlite, peat moss, few top soil, sand, etc. Today, all 3 are doing well. The other pot has a new shoot coming out even if the existing is just 10 inch tall. LOL.

Oh, I also noticed when I dug them, the roots are very long. It had barely roots when I planted them before. :)

    Bookmark   September 7, 2008 at 11:54PM
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