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Why has my teasel collapsed?

SplandySplandy Posts: 161
Is it normal for a teasel to need support? It has three huge stems and they have all flopped so that they’re only being held up by nearby plants. I’ve loosely tied one to my fence post now because I thought the bad weather might finish it off completely. They flopped before all the rain and wind. Is this normal? My soil is clay.


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358
    If it was dry/hot/sunny when they were getting tall, the clay could have dried out, which encourages any plant to sag and droop. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,083
    Definitely, mine always end up horizontal,  they grow to about 6’ so they’re never going to hold themselves up.  They just rest on the bed of stinging nettles, equally as high, 
    now, where’s that Gallery of shame thread, 😀
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 10,183
    Mine always flop and need to be staked. Annoyingly though the ones that escape my garden and grow elsewhere always seem to do fine. I think they need very poor soil to keep their height down. If they grow in a group you can tie string around them all and they help support each other.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,018
    I've found the ones in hard dry soil or between paving slabs stay upright. The ones in better, watered soil tip over.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 2,594
    We are on clay soil but where our teasels are growing it is a shadier part of the garden and for once they stay upright not like so many of our other plants that always want to fall over the paths.
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