Lions Tail Growing Slowly In Garden
Answered by: Inge Poot
Question from: Joe
Posted on: August 29, 2012

I planted two plants of lion’s tail that I received from Richters in full sunlight in the spring of 2012. The plants have only grown to 1’ X1’ X 1" (30cm X 30cm X 2.5cm) so far . It is now August 10, 2012. I expected these plants to grow larger more quickly. Is this the expected growth rate for New Jersey, USA or is there something that I can feed the plants to make them grow faster? Should I leave them in the garden until November to see if they will bloom or pull them out early and bring them in the house?

If they are to grow to their potential height they need adequate moisture and a rich soil with good drainage. Fertilize them with a high potassium (last number listed on fertilizer bags) if you want them to bloom. If you want more vegetative growth, fertilize with a high nitrogen fertilizer (first number given on fertilizer bags). When digging them out for over-wintering indoors, try to disturb the roots as little as possible by digging a clump about the size of the pot you want to put them in and lifting in the whole clump, then watering as soon as possible.

Giving the plants some algifeed will make them utilize fertilizer better.(Richters catalogue # T1110/T1120).

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