This is the front of the house last year. The asters got off to a great start. They got to be the same size.They were given the same care. Sometime after the 4th they started to get brown leaves from the bottom up. The leaves shrunk in size. They ended up very wispy stalks and tiny buds that never opened. I finally cut them down to the ground, because they were unsightly.
This year started out exactly as last. Great looking plants till around the 1st of July. They were given the same care and this is what the plants look like right now. I am really puzzled. The only think that I can think of is the hanging basket that died in the same way...from the bottom up. When I dumped it out there were hundreds of earwigs. I believed at the time that they were destroying the root system. These asters are planted in mulch. I have seen lots of earwigs this year, in the mulch. Could the same thing be happening to the asters? Any ideas?