SOS my Senetti is struggling

I bought this gorgeous purple Senetti from Homebase about a month ago. It didn't come with many instructions. Firstly I potted it and put it in my front garden where it quickly became battered by the wind. So I moved it to a sheltered area and all seemed to be well. But now a month on the flowers seem to be struggling. I keep it well watered and have been regularly feeding with a general npk. No signs of slug attack although I did notice a few ants on the flowers and some of the petals have dark spots on them.

I've been dead heading the unhealthy looking flowers but if I carry on its going to look like Morticia Addams' plants on the Addams family :/

Will post some pics.

Appreciate any advice you have guys.

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     Here you can see some of the flowers are wilting. Some are also paler in colour.

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     Some of the petals wither away. They don't appear to have any bite marks however.

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     This pic shows the patches appearing on some of the petals.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,709

    You might have been over-watering, especially as the weather is still not very warm. While the temperatures are low let the compost dry out between waterings - lots of useful info on this site http://msucares.com/news/print/sgnews/sg11/sg110215.html

    Good luck image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Dovefromabove wrote (see)

    You might have been over-watering, especially as the weather is still not very warm. While the temperatures are low let the compost dry out between waterings - lots of useful info on this site http://msucares.com/news/print/sgnews/sg11/sg110215.html

    Good luck image

    Thank you Dovefromabove, that would make sense as I may have been a bit over zealous with the watering can. Thanks for the link, will check it out now.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,709

    image Hi yes I'm back - lovely sunshine you arranged for us in Cornwall Verdun - eternally in your debt image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Thanks @verdun, if the situation doesn't improve then that's what I'll do.

  • I have one of these in a pot and I'm dying to cut it right back as it is looking very sorry for itself. The problem is that I have a nest of tree bumblebees and they still absolutely love it! It looked fabulous for a good 12 weeks after I bought it, but is now really struggling, however I wouldn't hesitate to buy another especially as it has been so popular with bees and hoverflies.

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