What's wrong with my phlox?

jasmin1120May 5, 2009

I recently planted some phlox, about a week ago. The past week, we have been getting tons of rain. I don't know if the browning of my phlox is due to that and if it will come back. Please help!

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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

Just guesses, but two things that turn phlox brown are, as you suspected, too much water and also too much fertilizer (or both). Probably the water...but ground covers should be allowed to establish for a month or two before a even a light feeding, just in case you gave them a shot upon planting. Phlox likes a slightly acid soil, so if your soil is of a high pH it can affect them, too.
One more thing, if they got too dry before planting they can scorch and brown out after planting.
Good news - phlox is pretty resilient, so hang on!
Hortster

    Bookmark   May 9, 2009 at 6:08PM
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jasmin1120

Thanks Hortster. I hope my phlox will bounce back. I'm a newbie, so any browning or wilted leaf worries me. I will have to learn the balance of over and under watering! Thanks again!

    Bookmark   May 10, 2009 at 12:00AM
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