What's wrong with my cape rush?

tskn(11)December 14, 2013

I bought 6 cape rush (Chondropetalum tectorum) last year from the garden center and planted them all in my front yard facing south. Four of them have nearly doubled in size while 2 of them remain puny. What's wrong? They all are watered on the same sprinkler system and I haven't fertilized. Any ideas why they might not be thriving like the others? Any suggestions on what I should do to them?

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Min3 South S.F. Bay CA

gopher? something toxic was poured out in that place? min

    Bookmark   December 15, 2013 at 4:27PM
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emmarene

The only thing I can think of is clogged emitters. A picture would be helpful.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2013 at 7:02PM
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gobluedjm

I agree with emmarene, maybe your sprinklers aren't doing what you think they are.
Is there a block wall, tree or other plant blocking the sun?
Maybe there is a big rock underneath roots. I have dug up so many at least 4x4x4 inches around here.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2013 at 7:38PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Tree root competition is something else to consider.

Try not to disturb the Chondropetalum root system. They don't like that. You can try giving them some deep soakings. They come from areas of seasonal flooding that alternate with drought.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 5:45PM
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tskn(11)

Thanks everyone for the suggestions.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 8:41AM
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