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Flopping flowers = nutrient deficiency?

14 years ago

Yes, I know, everyone says some flowers just flop.

But somehow, I think there may be more to it than that.

I grew tall hollyhocks from seed in Las Vegas, NV (highly alkaline soil), and not one flopped, none had to be staked.

I grew tall hollyhocks from seed here in Washington State (quite acid soil), and they always flop.

I planted four Coral Reef Oriental Poppies in my back yard, and they flopped. I dug them up and moved them to the side yard beside the driveway, and they don't flop at all. I left some of the tap roots behind when I dug them up and ended up with four more plants in the back yard. CLONED plants, and they still flopped.

Nutrient problems in the soil cause commercial grain crops to fall over ('lodge'), so why not perennials? But I can't find any info on it.

Any info? Any theories? Guesses?


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