Newbie question

clairabelle(z4 Quebec)July 2, 2013

Hello fellow green thumbers :D
Yes, I have a green thumb, but for the life of me, I just can't seem to keep my sans longer than a few years.

My latest plant, approx. 4 yrs old, is doing what all the others did, so I'm assuming it's something I AM doing wrong...

Stems become "weak" over time and literally fall out of the pot at the slightest touch.

It receives indirect light and I water only occasionally. Pot is the right size and it has good drainage. Could it be the exposure? My sans have never flowered...
Doctor, Doctor! Help!

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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Sounds like it's losing its roots, like root rot. I suspect it's a drainage / mix problem. That doesn't seem like such a short time to me (4 yrs.), but that's not normal behavior for them (collapsing stem).

Pls. tell what's in your mix & how are you sure it's got good drainage?

Mine don't flower either, but that's not the issue, nor do I believe exposure is the problem.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 6:45PM
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Do you repot every so often? Have you repotted recently? And either way, what mix did you pot them in?

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 7:22PM
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clairabelle(z4 Quebec)

I bought this sans at my favourite (reputable) garden centre so I'm sure their mix is appropriate. The plant's in a plastic pot which is in another pot (clay) and I put wine corks in the bottom of the clay pot for additional drainage so the roots would not lie in water. As I mentioned, I water sporadically, so I don't think its too MUCH water (maybe not enough?). The stems seem to get weak, some flop over, and I removed 2 this past weekend that I was trying to "prop up".
The plant has not been transplanted since I bought it (adequate pot size for the size of the plant).

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 7:24PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Is the garden center a greenhouse? If so, could be a different mix for that. We really need a pic pls.

Wait, is the mix 4 yrs. old? Or do I misunderstand?

If so, it could be the mix has hardened off completely impeding the plant from drinking, or there's little mix even left in the pot.

Wow, I just noticed there's Spellcheck on here now -- yipppeeee, thank you GW!!!

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 12:57AM
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Stush2049 Pitts. PA, zone 6

Keep giving good advise Karen. Wow spell check. That will save me a few steps.
Any sign of root mealies or any other problem like fungus? I have had Sans in the same pots for many years and never did anything to them. So I think it must be a tempature thing or something you are doing?

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 6:22AM
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clairabelle(z4 Quebec)

How do I post a pic? Directly from my computer? (excuse my French!)

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 9:44AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Right above where you type below to post is a "browse" button for including a pic.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 1:58PM
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clairabelle(z4 Quebec)

Duh! Should have opened my eyes... on the end of my nose :S

I'm thinking I should a) move the plant to a brighter location (it's presently near the kitchen door in low light) and b) water a bit more often (I was currently only watering once a month), and see how that goes.

I looked the soil over carefully and it was reallllly dry. I removed one of the drooping stems to examine the roots and the ball was intact and very dry, so... perhaps it's a case of "not enough water" rather than too much?

I'll follow this closely for a month of so and come back to report. Thanks to all of you for your support! YOU ROCK! :D

    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 9:52AM
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