Ruth has some tips for you, i.e. They Get Questions


Ruth Bancroft is very good at answering questions.

But first they publish a photo from the gardens.

Prickly pear, Opuntia ficus-indica, is tree-like. Becky Rice/Ruth Bancroft Garden

Now here’s the question:

Q: I have an assortment of planters on my deck, mostly planted with succulents. Their interesting forms and delightful colors have long been a source of pleasure for me and my visitors. In the last year or two, I have noticed that many of them seem to be in decline, with shrinking heads of leaves and less flowering. What might the problem be?

A: First off, people often plant Aeoniums… and are alarmed when the leaf-heads become markedly smaller and stop growing in summer. Since this is a winter-growing plant, summer shrinkage is normal…

Aside from this, it is not uncommon for planter boxes and dish planters to decline over time if the planting medium is not renewed.

It’s true.


    
    
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