Have I killed these plants?
May 15, 2014 4:33 PM Subscribe
Last summer, I put a row of plants in my east window box--USDA Zone 6A in Somerville, MA. They seem "behind" others in the neighborhood. I can't find information on when they should sprout. Have I killed them or am I being impatient? Did I not let some of them seed? Most importantly, do I need to replace them? Or if not, how can I care for them as they return? More below!
posted by Hypatia to Home & Garden (6 answers total)
All of these plants were put in as seedlings. They did well during the summer, except for the chevril which I killed off due to lack of water. My east window box is on the 3rd floor of an apartment building, and gets a moderate amount of sun--it's not blocked by other buildings. They all stayed outside during the winter. I don't think any thing bloomed (except the roses and violets) so I'm unsure what will and won't seed.
I was happy to see little seedlings appearing among them this past month--then chagrined when I realized it was all propeller seeds which had got in and I hadn't cleared out enough.
I'll try to post pictures later if I can--I hope descriptions can help though.
Small rose plants in a planter box. I have a bunch of dead twigs sticking up. No leaves on them, unlike other rose bushes in the neighborhood. HOWEVER I do see two tiny clumps of leaves coming out of the soil, which look like rose leaves. When I put them in last year, I was told by the nursery they could be outside.
English thyme in its original plastic container. What looks like moss in some places... and what could be tiny, tiny embryo thyme plants for the past week or so; for now I'm willing to be patient.
Chives in original plastic pot: For the past few weeks, what look like curled round green bubbles on the soil... smaller than a pencil eraser.
Lavender in original plastic pot: Only dead stalks. This didn't bloom last year but it did produce green leaves.
Mint plants in a planter box: Only dead stalks.
Chevril in a pot: Nothing, just soil.
Common Rosemary in its plastic container: Just dead stalks and one dual-leaf sprout that I suspect is a propeller seed.
Parsley in its plastic container: Nothing--I bought a replacement already because I think it seeds biennially?
Labrador violets in a planter box: Finally I have a few tiny violet-leaf-shaped leaves! In amongst what I believe are dozens of propeller sprouts... this is WAY behind other violets in the neighborhood on people's lawns. However it kept blossoming into June last year, and the leaves stayed very nice into the fall I think, so perhaps this is a late bloomer? I think I want to let everything get a little bigger before I start deciding what to pull out of there.
I am willing to repot things as needed but unfortunately have no other spot to move them to.
Honest question: if some of these are annuals do gardeners really replant them each year?