Darn, Ken was right...again
I posted on this a few weeks ago. Turns out that orange thing was some kind of rot, which I haven't seen before. I popped it out of the container and the roots looked fine. Next time, I'll know to wash off all the soil. (You know my grandpa's saying - some people live and learn, some just live.).
It was on Pizzazz, so I guess Ken was right (one more time). It didn't last long.. Hey, it went great guns last year, it's first year.
There was so little of it left when I realized the problem, I just trashed it.