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Re: Re: Japanese Hepaticas

Not Marge, but...Hepaticas like partial shade, and, whereas that is subject
to interpretation, it sort of rules out "full sun at high summer mid-day".
When I planted mine they were happy for several years but have declined a
bit since.  I think that's because they now get too much shade.  Hostas
grow up over them and they are deep under a Maple.  They apparently don't
transplant well, but I think I'm going to have to try.  As Marge said, they
like a humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil.  AHS says they thrive in heavy
soils of neutral to alkaline pH.


> [Original Message]
> From: James R. Fisher <garrideb@well.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 4/12/2003 3:48:24 AM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re: Japanese Hepaticas
> Marge Talt wrote:
> > 
> > Jim, I have some.  Have, in fact, a Japanese one (H. asiatica var.
> > japonica) I got from Asiatica a couple of years ago.  It seemed to be
> > doing fine in one bed, but was getting overlaid by other plants, so I
> > moved it to another bed where I have H. acutiloba and H. americana,
> > who seemed quite happy.  Well, the deer got in last year and stepped
> > on it.  It is still living, but not real happy about life.  The
> > others have bloomed and seem fine; foliage a bit ragged after this
> > awful winter.
> > 
> > So, I say, go for it.  Get some.  Give them a good dollop of leaf
> > mold when you plant and good light.
> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> I wonder if good light for me is 'good light' for you. Do you mean
> full sun at high summer mid-day ?
> [For those not aware, I live about 15 miles due south of Marge.]
> -jrf
> -- 
> Jim Fisher
> Vienna, Virginia USA
> 38.9 N 77.2 W
> USDA Zone 7
> Max. 105 F [40 C], Min. 5 F [-15 C]
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