“Dead or Alive?”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
How do you know a plant is dead? Well, that seems like an easy question to answer, but I, who have been gardening for years, am unsure about one of my curry plants. How do you tell when a gray foliage plant is dead?
I put in four curry plants in the spring, and one of them is not doing too well. I think because of the heat and dry weather it is at best struggling and may even be dead. The one curry plant I planted last year is doing very well, but, then again, it is better established.
I can still see some gray-green in some of the stems the sick curry plant (which gives me hope) even though the leaves look pretty far gone. Here are some close-ups of a few stems.
Here is what the whole plant looks like.
Pretty pathetic, huh? I am thinking that maybe the heat stressed this particular one more than the others, and then, maybe, with having to water so much earlier in the summer, it didn’t like that. I know that most gray-colored foliage plants do not like a lot of humidity which is why so many melt in our humid summers. But last year’s plant has thrived.
Here is what another curry plant that was also put in this spring looks like; it is doing so much better. To be fair, this afternoon’s shower does make this look greener than it actually is.
The reason I am hesitating to pull this one out is that I have planted the four curry plants equidistant in a flower bed, and taking one out would ruin the symmetry.
So, what do you think? Am I not facing reality? Is this plant a goner? Should I give it some more time before yanking it out, or should I just accept that this particular curry plant is not going to recover, and I need to pull it out now?