Little Lamb Disappointment

MollyDog(6 PA)July 30, 2012

I have had six Little Lambs for about 5 years. The branches are weak and as soon as they bloom they sprawl. This year, as in most years, the blooms really browned at the bases. I don't think it is from lack of it is from lack of water. We did have several really hot days. Could the heat be the cause? I'm sure I will have to deadhead before I see any pink, I'm so disappointed. This seems to happen every year. Thinking of replacing two of them with Little Lime.

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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

Most likely. Browning of the leaf edges is what they do when stressed by high temperatures and lack of soil moisture. Especially this time of the year. I have the drip irrigation set to go twice a week but it does not reach all of the surface roots well so once I week I manually water and that lasts at least a week. Something you have to do when the temps are regularly in the 100s and there is no rain.

Try also making sure that they have 3-4" of organic mulch (if they have less than that or no mulch). Spread it outwards towards the drip line or a little further than that if the location is windy.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 7:53AM
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MollyDog(6 PA)

The leaf edges are fine, only the flowers have browned mostly at the bases. I think they are being replaced with Little Limes.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 10:18PM
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