Baptisia Plants

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  1. Baptisia Australis leaves turn yellowish and stems turn brown
  2. Transplanting Baptisia
  3. Baptisia shrubs not blooming
  4. moving baptisia plants
  5. Caring for baptisia
  6. New Baptisia over wintered in pot
  7. Pruning baptisia
Asked by broomspell on September 29, 2014
Baptisia Australis Leaves Turn Yellowish and Stems Turn Brown

I have several 3 year old Baptisia australis plants in the same area. All are doing great, but one. I have no clue as to why one of my plants leaves turned yellow (lighter green), compared to the others. I noticed the stalks are brown, compared to the fresh light green of the 7 other plants. The plant flowered this year and it is about 3 feet/3 feet. There seems to be a film on the stalks. Thanks for your advice.

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theficuswrangler

Your plants sound like they are doing well. There are a few possibilities for why one plant looks different. One is that it may not have matured fully; another is that it may be a slightly different cultivar; another is that there may be some insects or disease - check for aphids or scale insects:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/homemade-aphid-control-a-natural-way-to-kill-aphids.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/scale-bug-how-to-control-plant-scale.htm
Another possibility is that this one plant is just not as strong as the others. This happens sometimes, there's no real reason, but anyone who's gardened for very long has seen it. At any rate, here's an article that might give you some more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/baptisia/growing-baptisia-plants.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on June 9, 2015
Transplanting Baptisia

When should Baptisia be transplanted?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Due to the plant's long taproot, baptisia is usually difficult to transplant. However, if you would still like to attempt this, do so in spring and dig down deep enough to get as much of this root as you can, including a good clump of the soil. This article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/learn-how-to-avoid-and-repair-transplant-shock-in-plants.htm

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Asked by peggy524 on July 24, 2015
Baptisia Shrubs Not Blooming

Three years ago I planted two Baptisia australis shrubs and they have yet to bloom. They get at least 8 hrs. of sun daily. Bushes are in excellent condition. Could you give me any information as to why they have not bloomed? They are at least 4 ft. tall and wide.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It does take at least 3 years for the plants to become established and start to bloom.
Since your plants are just reaching that age I would be patient.
You could also add some Phosphorous to boost flower production. Bone Meal is a good way to do so, but I would recommend waiting until early spring to fertilize.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/baptisia/growing-baptisia-plants.htm

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Asked by BAKsplace on August 25, 2015
Moving Baptisia Plants

Should I try to move my Baptisia now or wait until spring? It is small but will be too crowded. I did not know how this beautiful plant functioned until this year when several began to mature and show their shrub-like qualities. I understand that Baptisia does not like to be moved but before I knew how this wonderful plant bloomed, etc., I planted them much too close. I want to move a couple of them now–early fall. They are quite small yet, and the weather is cool and wet. Is this a good time or should I wait until spring? I need to take my chances so that I can give them sufficient room to grow.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You are correct that they don't like to be moved, but you certainly can move then. Sooner than later as the root system is quite large.
Moving them will likely reset the flowering and they may not flower again for at least the first year.

You can move them this fall or wait until spring.
Here is a link with growing information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/baptisia/growing-baptisia-plants.htm

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Asked by carlylily on December 26, 2015
Caring for Baptisia

Should I cut back my baptisia in the fall?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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Asked by PattyA on September 7, 2016
New Baptisia Over Wintered in Pot

My Baptisia just grew from seed this summer in a very large pot. Can I overwinter in my CT zone 5 on my deck where it has been? This is the only place on the property that gets 5 hours of sun or more, so I’m afraid to put it in the ground where it may get at best, 3-4 hrs of sun.

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Alisma
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Baptisia is typically winter-hardy in zone 5, so it can overwinter outdoors. Since potted plants are exposed to the cold more than plants in the ground, you may need to cover it for cold protection. These articles will give you ideas for how:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/protecting-plants-winter.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/protect-plants-in-freeze.htm

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Asked by Rose on June 26, 2017
Pruning Baptisia

My baptisia has cimpletely flopped over after blooming and some heavy rains. I would like to cut it bsck now, early summer. What can i do?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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