My plants die after planting

Do your plants die after planting ?



Finding out the reason why plants die when planted outside can be a little tricky, there are several possible causes:

  • the plant was sick when you planted it
  • the plant is in totally the wrong area for it to thrive
  • the soil itself is the wrong type for the plant to thrive
  • you have forgotten to water it after planting
  • you have drowned it with too much watering
  • the ground itself is waterlogged and so the plant dies
  • the ground is so dry the plant dies
  • the roots were left exposed when it was planted
  • it is diseased or is suffering a bug attack
  • the weather (frost and cold) has killed it
  • too much sun has caused it to shrivel and die



Right Plant, Right Place:

Download these guides to putting the right plant in the right place. Soil conditions and your environment are  key factors in determining whether the plant will thrive or shrivel up!


Download “Poor Soils - Sept 2017” Poor-or-Thin-soils-guide-Sept-2017.pdf – Downloaded 43 times – 726 KB

Download “Sandy Soils - updated Sept 2017” Sandy-Soil-Guide-Sept-2017.pdf – Downloaded 199 times – 683 KB

Download “Good Soils - Sept 2017” good-soil-guide-sept-2017.pdf – Downloaded 198 times – 721 KB

Download “Heavy Clay Soil - Sept 2017” Heavy-or-Clay-guide-Sept-2017.pdf – Downloaded 263 times – 718 KB

Download “Acidic Soils - Sept 2017” Peat-or-Acidic-guide-Sept-2017.pdf – Downloaded 156 times – 728 KB


So overall there are a few things to check, use our bug and plant nutrition guide to check if your plant is suffering from any disease or bug attack.

Secondly, check the soil, is it bone dry, you need to water really well over the summer months to keep it alive, empty a whole watering can on the plant every few days.  Is it a boggy soil, if so consider doing one of the following: Dig the plant up and move it elsewhere, building a raised bed to plant into or add copious amounts of horticultural grit to the soil to improve drainage.



You also need to check how your plant is planted in the soil too, can you see exposed roots, does the plant wobble about? If so then best to dig it up and start again.

It may be however a case of right plant wrong place, so check to see what conditions the plant thrives in and if it doesn’t match where you’ve planted it, move the plant elsewhere so that it can thrive.

If you need more advice, contact us and we will try to help you out.