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Help Wanted: Ajuga Issues (PIP)

My ajuga (Caitlin's Giant, Black Scallop & Chocolate Chip) was doing very well until about 10 days ago. Now it's wimpy, very soft to the touch and the leaves easily come off. Is this crown rot?

 I asked the landscape architect who suggested that I put it in and she told me to water it everyday. She lives in my neighborhood but hasn't stopped by to see it in person. I feel like if anything, watering makes it worse.

Should I dig it up, add some organic material then replant them? I have thick clay soil so maybe it's not draining properly. 

Other info: the ajuga is planted under a magnolia tree & I live in zone 6A.

I appreciate any suggestions/advice.image

 

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Re: Help Wanted: Ajuga Issues (PIP)

  • ~NB~~NB~ member
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    Yes, it's rotting due to excess moisture.
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  • Yes that is too much water for them!  I have a lot of ajuga varieties...many of the same ones and I only water them during hot/dry periods.  In the shade the ground stays moist longer than in full sun. 
  • Thank you both. I'm going to get on it tonight.
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