echium pininana

I was given 3 plants last Autumn about 5 inches tall. I've kept them in a cold frame all winter and have not looked very healthy. I've just re-potted them but bottom leaves have all turned brown. Any ideas please

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 15,331

    Given that in its second year this plant will be well over 4 matres tall, I think it is probably trying to tell you that its feet's too big. 

    A new pot, much deeper, I think.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Thank you pansyface -but I've only just re-potted and certainly wasn't root bound and got at least good couple of inches all around the root ball. Used john in New no.3 -

  • Glily1 - I've got the same problem, but I've looked it up and supposedly it is pretty normal behaviour for this plant. The only other thing would be maybe to ease up on the watering? image

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 15,331

    Right. They are half hardy, did it get a bit cold overnight maybe?

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 2,774

    I have some of these x wildpretii, although I don't know how different it makes them...

    The ones in the ground have lost all their lower leaves and look extremely sorry for themselves but they seem pretty sturdy to the shake.

    The rest are in pots outside and look a bit happier. It's a learning curve for me - I don't know if they'll survive the winter or notimage

  • Possibly I might bring them in to the porch on the house where it is a bit warmer - thank you image

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 15,331

    Won't do any harm. The come from the Canaries, I think.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • From experience they will looks a lot better in the next coming months. They prefer full sun and good drainage.  Bottom leaves browning is not an issue as we are still in winter!

  • Thanks Blairs - this is the first time I've grown them.   There is more stem and brown leaves than green growth and I would hate to lose them. I'm in north west of england so hope we get a good summer. Will they flower this year? 

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