Can this plant be saved?

julia_123(zone5/Indiana)June 18, 2005

I love creeping jenny and finally bought a big pot of it at a garden center last week...left it outside (still in the pot). We had several days of rain so I knew I didn't have to worry about watering it...then we had a couple of days of moderate, sunny days. I had forgotten about the creeping jenny, and then when I went outside during the 2nd day, it looked completely shriveled up. Argh! I took it inside, doused it in water, and cut off the dry, crispy tendrils. They were still a little soft inside, not completely dried out - now I have it on a windowsill. Can plants that have been accidently crisped be brought back to life? Actually, it's not only the creeping jenny...lots of times I see seemingly dried up, dead plants and wonder if they can be nursed back to live. Ideas??

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creatrix(z7 VA)

Sometimes they come back, sometimes they don't. Creeping Jenny might make it.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2005 at 7:47PM
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Skybird - z5, Denver, Colorado

Hi Julia,

Whether or not it can be saved depends on just how dry the roots got, but from what you've described, it sounds like it will probably make it. Creeping Jenny (it is Lysimachia nummularia that you have, isn't it?) can actually be grown as a water plant, so I'd recommend that you keep the saucer under it filled with water until it recovers. But don't do this with other things trying to save them! Too much water will kill most things very, very quickly, and do far more damage than too little water. To be sure what you have, here's a link to pictures and info about both the green and gold varieties of L.n. When you plant it in the ground, it prefers more shade than sun, but if you plant it in sun and keep it really, really wet it should be ok too---just be sure you don't keep the other things around it too wet too. When planted near a pond, the trailing stems of this stuff will actually grow out onto the water and float on it--it can be real pretty.

Regarding other "seemingly dead" plants, it just depends on what the plant is and why it looks dead! If it's just been underwatered like yours, there's a fairly good chance many can be saved---again, depending on how dry the roots got. If it's been overwatered, the chances of saving it are greatly decreased.

Good luck,
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Here is a link that might be useful: Lysimachia nummularia, Creeping Jenny

    Bookmark   June 18, 2005 at 8:07PM
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Thanks for your advice. I've got her in a little saucer of water...we'll see if she makes it! :) If not...lesson learned!

    Bookmark   June 19, 2005 at 7:27AM
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