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Astilbe amethyst and Maggie Daley

JacquimcmahonJacquimcmahon Posts: 1,024
Morning all.
I have planted two astilbe, same soil, same place. Yet one is looking healthy and happily growing and the other is crinkling and disappearing (see photos). The soil looks dry but is nice and damp underneath, both were planted at the same time and had just a couple of shoots at the time.  I have more of each and am now wondering whether it is worth giving up on the crinkled one and replacing. Or should I “wait and see”?
Marne la vallée, basically just outside Paris 🇫🇷, but definitely Scottish at heart.


  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,831
    We had exactly the same thing happen, and sadly we lost the nicer of the two varieties we had (ours were in the ground).  Ours only tended to go crinkly and brown if they were dry, and they were not bothered by being flooded in water quite regularly over Winter.

    I'd say keep watering regularly, keep them in as much shade as possible, and maybe start a liquid feed every week or so, just to give it a boost.  Don't give up yet!
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,714
    edited May 2021
    Be patient.
    Not all plants start to grow at the same time or rate or  flower at exactly the same time.
    Not all are the same height or same colour.
    Leaves may differ..shiny or matt.
    You have 2 different Astilbe.

    1.Astilbe arendsii  Amethyst .
    Quote RHS....'Amethyst' is a clump-forming perennial to 90cm with matt, dark green, divided foliage with dark red stems. Very long, loose, fluffy plumes of dark purplish-pink flowers are produced in mid-summer

    2. Astilbe  arendsii  'Maggie Daley

    Quote RHS.....Maggie Daley' is a clump-forming perennial to 60cm with shiny, dark green, divided foliage with bronze tinges. Fairly dense, narrow plumes of dusky pink flowers are produced in late summer

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • JacquimcmahonJacquimcmahon Posts: 1,024
    Thanks Silver surfer. I had the descriptions, what I don’t understand is why one has clearly been knocked backwards. Both were just sprouting when I planted them and were coming along nicely, then suddenly the “Maggie” crisped up and seems to be struggling compared to the amethyst. 

    I have two more of each and am now I’m thinking about swapping out the struggling one for another. If I do that I could put the struggling one in a pot of it’s own to see if it peps up again.
    Marne la vallée, basically just outside Paris 🇫🇷, but definitely Scottish at heart.
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