Why do plants die?

Do your plants die after planting ?

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

  • The plant was sick when you planted it.
  • You’ve planted it in totally the wrong area for it to thrive.
  • Soil; plants can be quite particular.
  • You’ve forgotten to water it!
  • It’s drowned from too much watering.
  • Waterlogged soil kills most non- aquatic plants.
  • The ground is so dry the plant just dies.
  • Roots were left exposed when it was planted.
  • It is diseased or is being eaten.
  • The weather (frost and cold) has killed it
  • Too much sun has caused it to shrivel and die

Plants evolved to grow in lots of different environments.

The key to having ‘happy plants’ then involves asking two questions:

  • How does this plant like to grow and
  • What in my garden will prevent that happening!

If the plant has an uphill struggle just trying to survive, you cannot expect it to produce the display you want it too. The environment in your garden ideally should match how the plants want to grow. That way the plant will grow as it wants to and produce the display it is capable of.

The plant will look after itself, which means you don’t have to!

Right Plant, Right Place:

Flowers don’t easily grow in a desert, but some will. So you need to know what your garden ‘does’ and then find plants that like the same thing as your garden ‘likes doing’.

If you don’t then there are 3 possible outcomes:

  1. You have to spend ages looking after your plants.
  2. Your plants will hate it, sulk or get sick.
  3. Or your garden is too good for them, they all grow like rampant triffids taking over everything and generally look a mess.

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