Q: I am not sure what I need to do for my plumbago. I got it last year and it was still in a large pot over the winter. I brought it in and let it winter over. It died back and I cut back all the dead wood…it was basically just a stump left. Now I have planted it in the ground, and its put out some new growth, but not much. Is it just too early to expect it to be further along? Do they need plant food? I love the blue flowers, last year it got to be about 3 feet tall and around and bloomed continuously until November. It was one of my favorite plants, but its not looking very promising this year!
Thanks in advance, Pat
A: Hi Pat,
I’m not known for my sensitivity, so I’ll give you the straight poop. What you need to do with your cape plumbago is toss it and get a new one. You could spend all summer trying to nurse it back to health, but by the time you accomplish that, it’ll be time to take it back indoors for winter and the thing will die all over again. So go get a beautiful, new one. If you decide to overwinter it indoors, make sure that you place it near a sunny window.