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Old 11-13-2018, 01:43 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I planted 2 Red Fairy Dusters in my yard here in Tucson at the same time, 4 feet apart, one is thriving and the other is doing absolutely nothing and it appears it may die. Why? I planted 2 yellow perennials, side by side, one is thriving, the other one died out. Why? Has this happened to other gardeners?

I talk to my plants like they're human beings, compliment them, act as a cheerleader to them, and who really knows why!!!

Could it be, plants, like human beings, bully other plants?
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Old 11-15-2018, 04:44 PM
 
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one lazy plant, one not...

like kids, you get one lazy sibling that ends up in jail, and one that does fine
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Old 11-15-2018, 04:52 PM
 
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"...one is thriving, the other one died out. Why?"

evolution
survival of the fittest
luck of the draw
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Old 11-16-2018, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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I had that problem myself for the first time and my guess (that is all it is) is that the one that survived was not subjected to the same amount of wind as the other. Both in front of my home, but, one "might" be a little less protected from the air currents.
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Old 11-16-2018, 12:45 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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From a nursery? Maybe one of them missed a watering, weakening it a bit. Maybe one was planted with an air pocket. Maybe one was root bound.

I've seen nurseries go to lengths to hide a problem with a plant and put it on sale to get rid of it before it was obvious.

Or just maybe because some plants live and some don't. Even for really experienced gardeners.
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Old 12-04-2018, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Have other plants in the same spot died?

Was one tree ringed by a weedwhacker?

Was one tree root bound when planted? Sometimes if the roots are circling the pot then planted still in the same circle, the roots strangle themselves instead of going out to find nutrients.

There could be loads of reasons why one is thriving and the other isn't. Maybe one is closer to the neighbor's big dog who has been eating a lot of acidic food?
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Old 12-17-2018, 06:08 AM
 
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Maybe one of them got so called a "Transition shock."
My GUESS that the reason is most likely related with ground type & water (over or lack). In anyway, from the symptoms you can reach to the reason by searching or asking a specialist or gardener whatever.
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Old 12-17-2018, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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it's the ol' nature vs nurture debate

as an experiment I once planted two identical Potentillas in my front yard right next to each other.

For a year, I berated one of them on an almost daily basis, often yelling at it and remarking how ugly and worthless it was and that it wouldn't amount to anything and that it would make the yard look better if it just died. The other one I heaped praise on, telling it out loud how pretty it was and how well it was flourishing.

After a year, I couldn't really notice a difference with either plant, so it doesn't appear that nurture really had any bearing on the plants' development whatsoever, but I do know an effective way to stop your neighbors from coming over.
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Old 12-18-2018, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I'd dig carefully and check out the root situation.
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