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  • auntie bettyauntie betty Posts: 208

    Yeah, looks drowned to me. Follow instructions above for re-potting. Also, give it a good prune - get rid of the dead/dying bits. Save it wasting energy on stuff that's had it anyway. Have to say, I found the idea that the newt was somehow responsible HILARIOUS! Set me off with all sorts of comedy mental ramblings about just what it might be getting up to in there - it started with excreting alien-style toxic slime thru its skin and now it's like a little cartoon newt plant assassin in my brain, complete with raincoat, fake moustache and bottle of roundup spray. And sinister Mutley laugh. See what you've done to me? That's the trouble with being a new gardener tho - seems like all sorts of things everybody knows except you! Much seems like common sense once someone sez it, but now and again u come across something that's just plain weird. Sinister newts start to seem entirely plausible...


  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    I think you have inspired me to re-plant my Bay.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,285

    auntieb- you've taken that too far...image

    Yes Ben- over watering does way more harm than anything else where plants are concerned - unless they're bog plants obviously! A good tip to remember is - think about where plants originate and what their native habitat is like. 

    I hope you can rescue it. A prune and re pot as auntieb says and I'm sure it'll recover . Good luck  image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • GillyLGillyL Posts: 1,077

    I would repot and stand the pots on gravel if possible ,it would help with drainage,agree with all other comments about type of compost and too much water .

  • Thunder Ben,


    Is the newt female? If so, perhaps it's offspring are damaging your roots? I believe they had the same problem at the Eden project - newts and bay trees!


    Jaga the wise

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,988

    Jaga, you'll have to explain how a young newt can damage bay tree roots.

    This year's offspring still have external gills and are swimming about in water.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,762

    Ha ha very funny image     


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