Roxi306 wrote: Next time I plant I will be better informed. As a novice I thought "plant them and they will grow."
The art and science of the gardener and what it really means to have a "green thumb" is all about understanding what conditions your plants need to thrive and it is different for every species. If you can provide the combination of temperatures, sun exposure, water, soil type that the plant likes best, it will thrive for you without you doing anything else and people will say you have a really green thumb. If you try to grow a plant in conditions it doesn't like, you will be constantly babying it, fertilizing, etc and it won't thrive anyway, just limp along. Usually providing the right conditions actually means choosing the right plants for the conditions you have, since it's often difficult to adapt the conditions.
Plant them in the conditions they like and they will grow!!