Godieta problems

cairnsiecairnsie Posts: 389

I have always had trouble growing Godieta and I don't know why. I tried for several years to grow them in my old house and always had half die and the rest remain looking rough and put on a poor show. I assumed it was something to do with the soil or aspect of the garden. I have however moved house and I am having exactly the same problem. I have plants in multiple aspects and although the soil in both properties was clay, the soil in my new property appears to have been looked after by a keen gardener and has been well amended with organic matter. I successfully grow a wide variety of plants and am a little stumped at what I am doing wrong. 

Any help appreciated

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,452

    Growing from seed. Sow finely in mpc in March. Prick out 3 inches apart in boxes of MPC or individual small pots. Pinch out the tops to make them bush. Plant out in late May , 9 inches apart. Feed once a week from a watering can with a teaspoon of phostrogen in it. Dead head regularly or they go to seed and stop flowering.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • cairnsiecairnsie Posts: 389

    This is pretty much what I have done. They seem to do well initially even getting bushy then die before flowering

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,452

    Is something eating them at the roots?

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • cairnsiecairnsie Posts: 389

    They literally snap at soil level as if rotted. Maybe that's the case but I would have thought moving to a new property I wouldn't be getting exactly the same problem. Maybe the clay soil is the issue. Its weird, I have practically grown my entire garden from seed and yet something that should be easy doesn't thrive.

  • Pete8Pete8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 3,054

    I have had the same problem with godetia.

    The plants grow fine, come into flower then start to die.
    When I pull them up, I see a very poor root system.
    So I think in my case, something is eating the roots, but I've not bothered to find out what.

    What are the roots like on yours?

  • cairnsiecairnsie Posts: 389

    i've not really looked to be honest. I might try and grow them in pots next time.

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