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What's wrong with my cape rush?

Posted by tskn 11 (My Page) on
Sat, Dec 14, 13 at 16:59

I bought 6 cape rush (Chondropetalum tectorum) last year from the garden center and planted them all in my front yard facing south. Four of them have nearly doubled in size while 2 of them remain puny. What's wrong? They all are watered on the same sprinkler system and I haven't fertilized. Any ideas why they might not be thriving like the others? Any suggestions on what I should do to them?

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RE: What's wrong with my cape rush?

  • Posted by min3 9N.CA (My Page) on
    Sun, Dec 15, 13 at 16:27

gopher? something toxic was poured out in that place? min

RE: What's wrong with my cape rush?

The only thing I can think of is clogged emitters. A picture would be helpful.

RE: What's wrong with my cape rush?

I agree with emmarene, maybe your sprinklers aren't doing what you think they are.
Is there a block wall, tree or other plant blocking the sun?
Maybe there is a big rock underneath roots. I have dug up so many at least 4x4x4 inches around here.

RE: What's wrong with my cape rush?

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Wed, Dec 18, 13 at 17:45

Tree root competition is something else to consider.

Try not to disturb the Chondropetalum root system. They don't like that. You can try giving them some deep soakings. They come from areas of seasonal flooding that alternate with drought.

RE: What's wrong with my cape rush?

  • Posted by tskn none (My Page) on
    Thu, Dec 19, 13 at 8:41

Thanks everyone for the suggestions.

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