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

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 SW Scotland but born in DerbyshirePosts: 1,701
    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. 
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,451
    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 west central ScotlandPosts: 46,148
    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....

  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze South NottsPosts: 1,146
    Yes move on there are so many wonderful things you could grow. Not your fault just not hardy enough for your conditions.
  • 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 SW Scotland but born in DerbyshirePosts: 1,701
    . . . and £10 still in your purse @WhereAreMySecateurs
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,084
    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.
  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy North London Posts: 4,978
    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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