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Q.What am I doing wrong?

Zone 33928 | Anonymous added on April 4, 2020 | Answered

I live in SWFL in growing zone 10a. I am brand new at caring for any plants. I have fallen in love with my trailing Aloha Calibrachoa (I have attached pics) but fear that I am losing them despite my best efforts. I bought them from a Lowe’s on February 25, 2019. They were doing great but seem to be taking a turn for the worse. I have them in direct sun in the front of my home. I have bought a water meter and have been watering them daily. Recently they are not looking that good (see pic). Did I overwater? I am sure that I did not underwater. Is it just that they can’t handle SWFL direct sun??? Please help. I love them and worry that I have over loved them ?

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Answered on April 5, 2020

Here is an article that should help with your plant. You may want to pinch back, deadhead and trim. Also, inspect the leaves to be sure you don't have unwanted visitors on the plant. You also may want to check with your local nursery to determine whether they are in the right spot for sun exposure. They are supposed to take full sun, but maybe yours is very intense. They need moist, but not wet soil. When you water are you letting the water run out the holes in the bottom of the pot? Make sure you aren't just watering the top of the plant. Also, there should be holes in the bottom of the pots. I find many for sale today don't have them, or they have an imprint for you to punch out or drill out.


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