Need Help with Narrow Leaf Mountain Mint

xclumsygrdner



This plant is sick. I'm not sure what's wrong with it or what I can do to revive it. Any ideas?

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WoodsTea 6a MO(6a)

Has it been wet where you are? I've seen something similar on some of my plants, figured it might have something to do with the constant wet and cool conditions we've had this month.

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xclumsygrdner

Ah Thanks! Yes it has been moist and cool. There's good drainage and air circulates around the plants but I can't do much about the water that keeps falling. Hmm.. Should I cut it back to see if I get some healthy growth? or just buy another plant?

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Tiffany, purpleinopp Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Are you able to put it in the ground?

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xclumsygrdner

I'm afraid the best I can do is put the pot on top of the mulch around the AC unit. I'm in an apartment patio. We're only allowed to plant on the patio.


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WoodsTea 6a MO(6a)

Might be a good question for the Garden Clinic forum, btw. I thought I would mention that one plant I have with similar symptoms is Pediomelum tenuiflorum, slimflower scurfpea. It's pretty tiny, surrounded by grasses and not getting much sunlight. Curiously, I have slender mountain mint about six feet away from it and it is flourishing this year, no sign of trouble. Both were planted in spring 2014 from seed.

The slender mountain mint is a great plant. I like to think that it's attracting beneficial insects and maybe helping to keep aphids down on the milkweeds planted nearby, but I've got no real proof of that. It really buzzes with activity when it's in flower.

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xclumsygrdner

Ok. I'll move the plant to get more light. Where it is now is not the sunniest spot. Hopefully it will perk up. I'll try to see if the other forum can help me if that doesn't work. Thanks for your help!

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lukifell740

In my experience mountain mints prefer mineral-rich soil. I added powdered limestone to my broad-leaved mountain mints and they loved it. Whereas the one plant I did not add lime to turned yellow and did not grow properly.

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wisconsitom(Zone 4/5)

Too many variables in this situation to offer an educated guess. With this or any plant, if the basics have not been covered, success becomes a matter of luck. Those aren't good odds.

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