Death comes often in the garden. Sometimes the culprit is pest or disease, other times, the reason is an apparent mystery. Either way, it is always a good idea to investigate a death to ensure your next plants don’t suffer the same fate. In my old garden, the soil was often damp as it was once a swamp. Many plants grew well as they relished the moist, fertile soil. However, I just couldn’t seem to grow citrus. I started out with one of each – a lime, a lemon, an orange, a mandarin, and a grapefruit. They all died before even bursting into flower, let alone giving fruit. I tried again, this time with just a lemon, a lime, and a mandarin. Eventually I just tried a couple more lemons. They all died.
If I hadn’t been so persistent, and had just accepted that plants just die sometimes, I may have more readily looked at the root cause. I would have discovered a lot sooner that citrus don’t like wet feet and the swamp soil was causing root rot and killing the plants. Once the penny dropped, I popped a lemon and a lime into large attractive containers on the deck and finally had success.
However green your fingers are, some plants just won’t grow in the garden you have. It might be too warm, too cold, too wet, or too shady. To ensure success, before bringing plants home, take some time to find out the ideal conditions they prefer and save yourself a lot of heartbreak mourning a needless plant loss.