Return to the New to Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Can this plant be saved?

Posted by julia_123 zone5/Indiana (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 18, 05 at 19:39

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??


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Can this plant be saved?

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


 o
RE: Can this plant be saved?

  • Posted by Skybird z5, Denver, CO (My Page) on
    Sat, Jun 18, 05 at 20:07

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,
Welcome to GardenWeb, and
Welcome to the wonderful world of gardening,
Skybird

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


 o
RE: Can this plant be saved?

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!


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the New to Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here