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Slow-growing liriope establishing root system


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Q. I planted some healthy looking giant green liriope about three months ago. They are in good soil, plenty of sun, I watered them in at first, but not anymore. But they don’t seem to be growing.

D.B., via email

They are growing, underground that is. The plants are developing their root systems. Next year in spring, you’ll see new growth. Keep in mind that liriope is not a fast-growing plant. You’ll see little spurts of growth in spring and summer.

Liriope is easy to grow and has few problems unless it is overwatered. Overwatering leads to crown rot, which kills the plant. Once established, liriope — as well as most other plants — usually doesn’t need supplemental irrigation.

The variegated liriope needs more shade than the solid green type. Also keep in mind that plants that get shade use less water than ones in full sun.

Insect Samples

Send undamaged (live or dead) insects in a crush-proof container such as a pill bottle or film canister with the top taped on. Mail them in a padded envelope or box with a brief note explaining where you found the insects.

Do not tape insects to paper or place them loose in envelopes. Insect fragments or crushed insect samples are almost impossible to identify.

Send them to the address of your county extension office, found in the blue pages in the phone book under county government.

Adrian Hunsberger is an entomologist/horticulturist with the UF/IFAS Miami-Dade Extension office. Write to Plant Clinic, 18710 SW 288th St., Homestead, FL 33030; e-mail

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