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Old 05-24-2009, 06:40 PM   #1
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Hi-- my "babies" seem to have curled up and died. I had gotten a plant (dug up and repotted) from a friend who has Cascades. We split it into three pots in the house, they grew incredibly over 10 days.
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Then I decided to get them outside--our local temps had been below zero at night but because I didn't want to risk freezing, I put them (still in pots) in my garage for a couple days/nights to get used to temperature swings.

Now, after having them in the ground for two days, it appears that the bines have died.
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Wondering what to do---cut them down right to the soil and hopefully some more will start shooting up?

I've planted them in a nice healthy blend of manure, compost, and potting soil, covered in cedar mulch. Have rigged a trickle hose around the plants, too, for watering.

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Old 05-25-2009, 01:37 AM   #2
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Just leave the other growth for now and see if the plants recover from the move. Those plants don't look dead to me, but they may be in shock from the transplant.

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Old 05-25-2009, 02:08 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply---yeah, probably shock. And when I was checking the earth out there today, seems quite wet. I did mound them but perhaps they need a re-dig and mound a bit higher. Probably getting soggy...

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Old 05-25-2009, 05:43 AM   #4
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Thanks for the reply---yeah, probably shock. And when I was checking the earth out there today, seems quite wet. I did mound them but perhaps they need a re-dig and mound a bit higher. Probably getting soggy...
You have good drainage in that pot? You want moist but not soggy.
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Old 05-25-2009, 09:13 PM   #5
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Sorry, perhaps wasn't clear. They started in pots and were very happy. Put them in the ground and now not happy. I think I'll carefully dig them up on the weekend or an evening this week when I get home, bring them up a bit do it is a definite mound. The original bine post (deadwood) and the rest of the non-growing bines are below soil level. I've heard not to cover the 'crown'. Perhaps too deep and the fact I've got mulch on top might be keeping the soil TOO wet.

I'll just do the old 'kitty litter' trick to break up the soil some more, although I have used compost, manure, and good gardening soil. Should have just been like other guys in my area: dig a hole in your backyard, insert rhizone, harvest in the fall, drink and be merry.

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Old 05-27-2009, 08:26 AM   #6
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Noooo just leave them alone! They're just in shock, and messing with the plants some more will only stress them more.

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I would leave them a week and DONT over water them, if the soil is moist (ie NOT dry) just leave them be for a week.

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The leaves look like they're getting chewed up?

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Noooo just leave them alone! They're just in shock, and messing with the plants some more will only stress them more.
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One of my new plants had one end of it's rhizome exposed after it grew about a foot by a rabbit the other night. It looks much worse than what you're dealing with and is most likely done growing this year. I'll just leave it alone and wait for another shoot to appear. Hopefully it'll be this year, but most likely I'll have to wait for next. I figure the growth above ground means that the roots were doing well below.

Really sucks because I was 6/6 with the new plants and the older plant that I split is doing VERY well along with the three second years.
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The leaves look like they're getting chewed up?
Btw, I just noticed my Warrior vines are starting to have mild symptoms similar to yours. My 2 Cascades seem to be unaffected for whatever reason. I looked closer and noticed a few aphids on the underside of the leaves. I then sprayed all of my plants with insecticidal soap. It's basically some soap/oil, mint, and water. Aphids aren't big fans of mint, and the soap/oil dries out their protective membrane. I'm growing on my balcony, and I almost always have aphid issues in the summer.
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