Did you planted your silene in full sun or partial shade location?
Did you planted your silene in well-drained, fertile soil?
Did you saw your silene in early spring or late autumn?
Do you allow the soil to dry completely between waterings?
Did you fertilize your silene?
Did you prune flower stalks of your silene at the end of the blooming period?
Do you keep your silene free of pests and diseases?
Silene grows best in either full sun or partial shade. If you live in a region with a hotter climate, be sure to place your silene plants where they will receive some afternoon shade.
It's essential to plant silene in fertile, well-drained soil. The soil must drain well to avoid becoming boggy as this plant will die in overly wet conditions.
This is a plant species that should be sown at the start of spring for summer flowering, or in autumn for spring flowering, as they will struggle to survive in extreme temperatures.
These plants will suffer (and ultimately die out) in overly wet conditions, so be sure not to subject silene to an abundance of water. Ensure that the soil is completely dry in between your regular waterings.
You can give your silene plants an added boost by incorporating a granulated starter fertilizer (or an all-purpose feed) to encourage blooming.
Depending on the variety of silene, pruning will require snipping faded blooms individually or waiting until the blooming period is over before removing the entire flower stalk. The pruning process will help keep your silene plant's energy focused on growth as opposed to seed production.
Good job! You are taking good care of your silene.
Pests like slugs, snails, whiteflies, spider mites, and aphids can cause problems to silene plants. Fungal diseases like rust, smut, and mildews can occur as well.
Hi! I’m Sreten Filipović. I graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Belgrade, with a master's degree in Environmental Protection in Agricultural Systems. I’ve worked as a researcher at Finland's Natural Resources Institute (LUKE) on a project aimed at adapting south-western Finland to drought episodes. I founded a consulting agency in the field of environment and agriculture to help farmers who want to implement the principles of sustainability on their farms. I’m also a founding member of the nonprofit organization Ecogenesis from Belgrade whose main goal is non-formal education on the environment and ecology. In my spare time, I like to write blog posts about sustainability, the environment, animal farming, horticulture, and plant protection. I’ve also published several science-fiction short stories. You can find me on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/sreten-filipovi%C4%87-515aa5158/