what is it & why is it dying..

jean6jean6 Posts: 157

No idea what this is ?... but it has red flow


 no idea what it is ? but it has red flowers on...as u see it started with many blooms but few days ago I noticed it is suddenly looking pretty poorly...Why ?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,047

    Could be a wiegela, hard to tellwhen it's sick like that. I'd have a look at the root and see if anythings attacking it. Unless it's newly planted and been allowed to dry out

  • jean6jean6 Posts: 157

    its been there 3/4yrs now but i did notice an ants nest near it ...!

    thanks for name nutcutlet... just love this site for things I dont know names of etc...image

    think like u say I`ll have to dig it up & see whats going on..

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,047

    i have had plants undermined and killed by ants, 

  • BerghillBerghill Posts: 2,805

    Ants produce Formic acid and it really does a lot of plants no good at all. I would prune the shrub back to healthy stems and get rid of the ants. It may be worth moving the shrub  to another place with fresh soil and giving it a real good watering to get rid of any acid left on its roots.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,047

    I didn't know that Berghill, I thought it was just the result of having the soil taken away from the roots

  • BerghillBerghill Posts: 2,805

    Death to any alkaline loving plants. Dianthus never recover and even the cuttings do not always take.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,047

    that's todays 'something new'. Thanks Berghill

  • jean6jean6 Posts: 157

    well am definately uprooting it tomorrow ..wash & put in a large pot to recover hopefuly......thanks for all help given...image

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,168

    Ants are a major pest.  I've just had a rose and some lilies in two pots sicken and die in just a few days because ants made their nest in the compost.   No warnng and plenty of watering so i'm seriosuly peeved.

    The Vendée, France
  • jean6jean6 Posts: 157

    you & me both.. just went in green house & huge running lanes of them.. out came the ant powder...image

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