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hey everyone - I hope you can help me out 

basically on various plants I have, the flowers or buds are turning brown before even opening, leaving crispy brown flowers up the stems and some of the stems have turned woody - also on my agastache 

I know this happens after flowering but as I said this is happening before they have flowered etc :( 

i can't work out if it's lack of sun, too much or too little water - I've tried various fixed to no avail :( 

any ideas would b great 


  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    It's too much rain. I've been this on a variety of plants this year. Buds rotting off die to the rain.

  • HeftyHefty Posts: 370

    hey big thanks for your reply - so you dont think its lack of sun?

    i check the soil now n then and it seems to be "moist" but then i also have areas which are really dry..

  • mac12mac12 Posts: 207

    I have the same with my hanging baskets, some full of flower others half dead.

  • HeftyHefty Posts: 370

    really weird - i just cant work it out - costing me money i dont have too :(

    was looking forward to the lovely salvia flowers and didnt get any :(

  • HeftyHefty Posts: 370


    Happened to my clematis also - 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353

    Think your clematis is more likely to be too dry Hefty. It seems very near the wall and that means it will get less water anyway. It doesn't look like a very mature plant either which won't help if it's under any stress. You'll also need a proper structure for it to climb on - trellis, or wires securely attached to the wall in a grid. 

    I'd tidy it up - remove all the dead stuff, cut it back to a pair of buds, and give it a good watering. It should perk up, unless there are other issues nearby that aren't obvious from the photo  image

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

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,946

    I had a large-flowering clematis which formed beautiful buds a few years ago - and then the all buds went brown and withered - we'd had a very dry spring.  I installed a soaker hose along that fence and ever since then I use it during dry spells - the clematis has flowered beautifully ever since. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • HeftyHefty Posts: 370

    Thanks for the advice - it's weird tho as the soil there is generally moist - and I have other areas which are really dry and plants have the same brown / dying buds there also :( 

    would too much AND too little water cause the same issue? 

    This is driving me mad :( 

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