What Can Be Done For Parts Of Phlox That Has Dried Out Or Died?

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I have a few phlox plants that are dried out or dead in areas but still green in other parts of them. What should I do with these?


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Answer #2 · Gardenality.com's Answer · Hi Melinda - I agree with John. If parts of your creeping phlox have died, simply remove the dead parts. The plants should fill back in over time. Sometimes, with creeping plants that die out in the center, towards the crown of the plant, I'll put a thin layer of potting soil over the bare area. This sometimes helps the plant to put out new growth on the old, bare stems.

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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Melinda-Any dried and dead stems should be cut out near the base of the plant. If there are any flower stems still remaining cut them also back to the base of the plant. If the green parts of the plant are looking leggy and not full you can pinch back the stems by 1/3 their height. This will help in making the plant sturdier and full. If these are low growing or creeping phlox cut out any dead growth and cut back by 1/3 to 1/2 of the plants height. Keep the plants moist but not wet. Phlox don't normally need much fertilization if the soil is rich and has been mulched with organic materials. If you would like to fertilize you can use a slow release fertilizer now in the spring and again in the mid summer. If these plants are older and have areas of the plants clump that have died out they can be cut out of the ground as if you were dividing your plants. Below is a link to an article on how to divide your perennials. This may help to dispose of any dead areas of plants and start with new ones throughout your garden.

http://www.gardenality.com/Articles/496/How-To-Info/Fertilizing/How-To-Fertilize-Perennial-Plants/default.html

http://www.gardenality.com/Articles/923/Plants/Perennial-Plants/How-to-Divide-Your-Perennials/default.html

Please ask if you have any other questions.

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