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Can I recover this plant?

dcsgasdcsgas Posts: 5
Can anybody tell me what this plant is called please?
I have recently repotted it into multi-purpose peat free compost and it clearly does not like it. I would be upset to lose this plant. Am I too late to rescue it?


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,456
    Pretty sure it's a type of conifer (picea ?)
    Has it died off since you replanted it, or was it already like that ?
  • dcsgasdcsgas Posts: 5
    Thanks for your reply. It has died since replanting it.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,456
    I'm guessing that it might not like the compost, alternatively it might be that it's in a pot that's just too big. Sorry, but that's the best l can come up with ☹.
    I'm hoping that another forum member can give you a positive plant identification which will help. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,857
    edited May 2021
    I'm not expert on conifers and the like, but it looks to me a lot like Picea albies 'Little Gem'

    It looks as if it's suffered badly rom under watering ... I'm pretty certain it will not re-shoot when brown and died back 😢

     Hopefully other folk with more knowledge of conifers will tell you if If I'm wrong.

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • dcsgasdcsgas Posts: 5
    Thanks again for all the replies. I don't think it is under watering. I keep an eye on the watering usually. I do wonder about the compost and/or the size of the pot. Maybe it is that?
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,456
    What l would do is take it out of the pot and take a look at the roots. Also take some of the compost and carefully give it a sniff. If it's waterlogged it could smell "off". If possible please can you post another photo of it when you've done that ?
    I am not sure whether it would regrow if you cut the dead section off, to be honest l don't think so, but that might be your only option. If that doesn't work then it might be better to replace it .
  • dcsgasdcsgas Posts: 5
    Thanks for your reply. I will definitely repot it - and as you say I may have to replace it.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,857
    Multi-purpose compost isn't suitable for long term containers ... it's really only suitable for growing bedding plants and vegetables.  For herbaceous plants and shrubs you need a substantial loam-based compost such as John Innes No 3.  
    The wrong compost may have contributed to the problem.  

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • dcsgasdcsgas Posts: 5
    Thank you. I think you may be right. I will repot - but it does look as though I may be too late. 
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,685
    You wouldn't expect a drastic response like that from 'not liking the compost', something else is going on, like total drought or total lack of drainage. Or weedkiller spray.
    "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour". 
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