My flowers flop

dottyinduncan(z8b coastal BC)July 28, 2010

My perennial garden is lovely, but I wonder why so many flowers flop. Right now, the gloriosa daisies are flopped, as are the coreopsis. The Painted Daisies are finished now, but they flopped. The Obedient Plant is tied up to keep it from flopping. Peonies, lilies, short plants seem to be ok.

The bed is more shaded than it used to be, and it gets irrigated from the auto system but there are places that are quite dry.

What do you think is the main culprit? Shade, water or thin soil? I appreciate your insight.

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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

It is often shade or overly rich soil that makes perennials flop. Cutting those they have this tendency back by half earlier in the season often really helps.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2010 at 10:20PM
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dottyinduncan(z8b coastal BC)

My soil certainly isn't overly rich, so i expect it is the shade. I find it quite frustrating. These perennials were slow growing in our cool, grey spring and then grew very quickly when the sun came out. Thanks for the response.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2010 at 1:57AM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Dotty, I think our weather has had something to do with it at least this year. I've got a shasta daisy (Summer Snowball) in full sun over 5 feet tall. I didn't stake it so right now it's laying flat on the ground :(. This shasta has never grown over 3 foot before and never needed staking.

Annette

    Bookmark   July 29, 2010 at 11:35PM
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dottyinduncan(z8b coastal BC)

Hi Annette. The worst ones for me are the Gloriosa Daisies which are 5 feet tall. I was hoping someone would say that they need x fertilizer to strengthen their stalks! I guess there is no quick fix.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2010 at 11:33AM
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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

No quick fix this year.
Move them to an area where they they get more sun, less water and fert, and they will do just fine. Daisies are tough plants. You've been too nice to them. Give em' some tough love.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2010 at 7:24PM
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dottyinduncan(z8b coastal BC)

Botann, are you sure you don't have a magic fert? Darn. I didn't think I'd ever be accused of being to kind to my plants I love daisies, so I will try to relocate. Problem is, the darned trees keep growing and before you know it, the sunny spot becomes shady. Thanks for responding.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2010 at 10:37PM
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