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How many times do you try a plant before giving up?

WAMSWAMS Posts: 1,530
Two winters, two dead alstroemeriae
 (despite a thick bark mulch as recommended each time).

Would you just assume the garden wasn't suitable for it / you weren't clever enough to look after it, or would you try again?

Thompson and Morgan have three alstros for £10 and I must say I'm tempted.


  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    It depends on how much I like the plant/shrub. Twice if I really like it but after that, I admire it in other gardens. Once only if I'm not that fussed about it. 
    However, if someone gives me a plant I nurse and coddle it like nothing you've seen before and if it dies I'm really upset. Apparently, I'm not on my own, other gardeners feel the same. 
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,241
    Get something else. Alstromeria don't want to be there
    Could you try something with a similar flower - day lilies?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,116
    Twice at the very most, and only if I like it enough.
    Life's too short to faff with things that just don't suit  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze Posts: 4,269
    Yes move on there are so many wonderful things you could grow. Not your fault just not hardy enough for your conditions.

    BROWN IS A COLOUR   Piet Oudolf
  • WAMSWAMS Posts: 1,530
    Day lilies are pretty...

    You're all right of course.

    It was a particularly sweet pink one but at least I have my memories.🎻
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    . . . and £10 still in your purse @WhereAreMySecateurs
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,854
    If I can work out why a plant might have failed and I can do something to correct it and I really like it, I might give it a second chance. Otherwise it's just throwing good money after bad.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy Posts: 6,170
    Tricky,  if we really like it maybe 3 times. We tried with Agastache "black adder" several times because we really wanted the dark purple colour,  other paler cultivars survive better . 

    AB Still learning

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