trying to revive this from the dead. not even sure what it is


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this was really nice in the garden centre.
i have managed to nearly kill it.

am going to try relocating it into better light and deeper soil
 
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Be careful not to plant it too deep in the ground because it's planted too deep in the container now.
 
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thank you very much. i didnt even realise that planting stuff too deep was a thing. quite novice. do you recognise what the plant is? so i can research why it isnt flowering and what all the green dust is on its twigs etc
 
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i have re planted it. hoping this is not too deep?? the dark black mark on the trunk is where the soil was last time.

when i removed from the pot, i think the roots were trying to grow upwards - they had nowhere to go
 

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I don’t know what the plant is, but the green stuff on the branches is algae and not a problem.

How long have you had it? Did you plant it in that pot or was that the pot it was growing in? How often we’re you watering it? Did you feed it?

Normally I wouldn’t recommend feeding a struggling plant but if you use something at 1/2 strength it might help. A water-soluble fertilizer will have a faster response. Just don’t think that “if a little’s good more would be better”, that would undo the gentle nudge it needs.
 
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hello and thank you for your reply.

we bought this from the garden centre about 4 years ago.

is a blue blossom ceanthesus

when we got it there were many flowers on it.

now there are only a few

it was really well watered, and in a good position. the pot may have had poor drainage

but i think the pot has nearly killed it. i can't see a way back for it

i have a friend with horses. we are going to try some rotted manure
 
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Yes, the pot was not good for it. Ceanothus like very good drainage and dry-ish soil. It should be muuuuch happier now. The manure is a good idea as well.
 
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It should spring back, so long as you’ve replanted it in a place with better drainage. If you’re looking for immediate results you can try fertilizer stakes, but for better long term effects you should probably go with the manure/slower release fertilizer. But it should be okay now that you’ve replanted it! Give it some time to bounce back and I think you’ll be really surprised to see how well it does.

Best of luck!
 

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