Top Questions About Potentilla Shrubs

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Questions About Potentilla Shrubs

Asked by
janeejr1 on
August 10, 2015

Q. Brown bunches on my potentilla shrubs

Shrubs are falling to the ground and have small bunches of brown leaves all over…why?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 12, 2015
Certified Expert
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Is the area dry or have had excessive moisture?
Both can lead to issues with insects or fungus.
Remove the dead material and treat with Neem Oil. This works as both an insecticide and fungicide.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/potentilla/growing-potentilla-shrubs.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 16, 2016

Q. How do I get rid of these weeds?

I have tried to get rid of these weeds but they always grow back very quickly. What is the name of them and how can I get rid of them?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 17, 2016
Certified Expert
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It looks a lot like Creeping Cinquefoil. Here is an article that will assist you in getting rid of it:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/weeds/cinquefoil-weed-control.htm

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Asked by
tnelson23 on
May 22, 2016

Q. potentilla

If it isn’t getting any flowers. Is it because it isn’t getting enough sun?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 23, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

Potentilla bloom from late summer to even early frost.
Full sun location is preferred or partial sun can be fine.
Don't fertilize your Potentilla, they may be getting too much nitrogen which will inhibit flowering.
Too much water can also be an issue, they are drought tolerant.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/potentilla/growing-potentilla-shrubs.htm

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Asked by
agerry on
May 26, 2016

Q. Creeping potentilla

I read the article on your website and would very much like to know where I can purchase creeping potentilla as a lawn alternative. Thanks and see below for reference.

Potentilla Ground Cover: How To Grow Creeping Potentilla In Gardens

Andra Gerry located in Lindsay, Ontario

Answered by
heather on
May 30, 2016
Certified Expert
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With hard to find plants like this, I have the best luck looking on sites like eBay and Etsy for sellers who are selling plants from their own gardens.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 20, 2016

Q. when to plant drought tolerant shrubs – specifically potentilla

I live in ZIP code 97301 which plant map shows as 8a. The exposure I want to place the shrub is full west sun. When specifically could I plant a shrub? I’m thinking in terms of this year being a heavy rain season because of the talk of the oncoming El Nino concern. Can I plant in the fall and will the new shrub last through heavy rain?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 21, 2016
Certified Expert
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Potentilla may not be a good choice for a drought tolerant garden. They prefer a evenly moist soil.

I'm listing a few links for you that may give you more help in selecting plant species.
I always encourage you to visit local garden centers to look around and find plants that are good cultivators for you growing zone.
Fall is generally a very good time to get new planting is the ground. Follow the planting directions for each species and make sure they receive adequate water, daily for the first 2 weeks and then you can cut back.
Heavy rain can be stressful and cause the death of any plant material. Mother Nature is impossible to control. Remember that most reputable garden centers guarantee their plants for 1 year.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/xeriscape/drought-resistant-shrubs.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/xeriscape/drought-tolerant-plants-for-nearly-any-landscape.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/xeriscape/drought-tolerant-gardening-the-cheaper-landscape-alternative.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/potentilla/growing-potentilla-shrubs.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 30, 2017

Q. shaping a shrub

How do you shape a potentilla to grow round? I see them around town and they look very nice when they are shaped like this.

Answered by
nikki-phipps on
August 1, 2017
Certified Expert
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Summer blooming shrubs like this produce flowers on new growth. So if possible prune the plant before spring growth begins. Pruning for shape takes practice (and patience) but cut a little at a time shaping the plant as you desire, stepping back to see how it looks as you go. You don't want to take off too much or you'll risk losing the round shape you're trying to achieve.

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Asked by
Robert Valente on
November 19, 2017

Q. Care of Potentilla Goldfinger

We live in Southeastern PA. We planted 2 Potentilla Goldfingers last Spring. They did well and flowered untill Fall. Should they be cut all the way down to the ground or should we just prune the dead branches?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
November 19, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

Either method that you choose will be fine. This article will give you more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/potentilla/growing-potentilla-shrubs.htm

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