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Old 02-20-2020, 05:43 AM
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Hi everyone!
I read the article on The Garden Helper about "How to Grow and Care for Purple Passion Plants" but I still can't figure out where I'm going wrong! I really hope you knowledgeable people can help me!

I bought a couple of these plants last month. The seller said avoid keeping them wet or waterlogged so I only watered the plants when the soil was dry as I did with my previous gynuras and yet these new plants flopped and died. I could not even save cuttings from them. Did I underwater them?

Could it have been the location? I have always kept all of them in a typical windowsill location (near a radiator, bit draughty at times, with morning sunlight filtered through a net curtain). Temperature is usually between 63° and 72°F.

My previous Purple Passion Plants lived for 3+ years and produced flowers which I thought meant I was doing something right. I was keeping the 2 from last month on wet pebbles to maintain humidity as the seller indicated the nursery that they came from had high humidity although I hadn't done that with the other plants which had thrived.

Also regarding cuttings to start new plants: I have successfully rooted cuttings by placing them in water. They survived for months like this but when planting them on they died. What did I do wrong? I tried to take cuttings from the new plants that died last month but the cuttings just flopped and died - no roots were put out. I have my last cutting from a plant from 2015 and I would dearly love for it to grow on to a proper plant so what should I do? Do I need to buy rooting powder?

When I bought many of these plants from the garden centre previously, the soil was very wet and the plants flopped and died a few days later. Had they been overwatered at the garden centre? What could I have done to save them?

Thank you in advance!
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Old 02-22-2020, 02:29 PM
Location: Prescott AZ
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I have a tendency to overwater and just realized that is what is causing those little teeny flies around the plants. Fungus flies the garden center guy said. He said they will eat the roots and so I am putting sand on top of every plant in the house, along with those yellow strips nearby to catch the flies. And I am NOT going to water unless the soil is really really dry. Are you seeing anything flying around?
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