proper soil for transplants
I've complained that the buddleia I set out this year seems to be dying, and it brings up the question of soil. We all know that ours is not the greatest. I first tried putting the plant into a clay area, but the soil either turned brick hard or held way too much water. The poor little plant was turning up its toes. Then I picked it up and put it in a pot with good potting soil, which temporarily saved it, but then it became unhappy again, so moved it to a much looser garden soil with good drainage, still in full sun, thinking it might have a better chance there. Apparently not. It's determined to die, no matter what I do. BUT, when I moved it to the new spot, I once again used a nursery potting soil (Bonnie's) that is high in peat, vermiculite and so on, with the thought that it might help it to get started. It's not working. By trying to baby the plant into surviving, is that what is managing to kill it? Could I possibly still save it by digging it up once more and planting it in a sand and humus native soil?
I think we've all at one time or another had to deal with the wretched fir bark planting medium that so many companies use. Once it's fully dry, it's all but impossible to ever get it to take up moisture again. Water just runs down the outside of the rootball and leaves the inside bone dry. I've learned with azaleas and rhodies to soak them and work like crazy to get all of that stuff gone before putting them in the ground. Otherwise they will more than likely die, no matter what else you might do for them.