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Re: Heuchera


Marge,
We did discuss this before about resetting them.  However, that issue -
raising out of the ground - for me was an every few years problem which,
thanks to you I now know to reset them.  Now I'm wondering if the petering
out and fewer leaves is, as you said,  because I have them in too much
shade.
I have found I've had a little better luck with some xHeucherellas and
Tiarellas - I suppose they are more fond of shade.  Thanks for your input,

Kitty
neIN, Z5
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, July 04, 2005 1:17 AM
Subject: [CHAT] Re: Heuchera was: My garden


> Kitty, in my experience with Heuchera, you have to lift and reset if
> not divide them every year.  They tend to grow out of the ground and
> sort of dwindle otherwise.  Need to be reset with  the foliage just
> above ground level.  Also think they need the soil amended when you
> lift them.  I love the foliage, but do not class them as 'easy'
> plants.  I've bought and planted probably 15 or 20 different ones
> over the years; lost many who just plain died or had their roots
> eaten by voles or vine weevils; others just faded out no matter what
> I did for them.  Those that have survived, esp. the larger leaf
> forms, simply have to be dug and replanted annually or they fade
> away.
>
> They also want a fair amount of sun - or at the very least really
> good light.  They are not really shade plants tho' they seem to be
> sold as such.  Some seem to be more robust than others.  I think some
> of them are put on the market without enough actual testing under
> garden conditions in the various climates in this country.  Some just
> can't take the heat well...it has to do with their very complex
> parentage.
>
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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> > From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> > Chris, great photos.  What I really love about your plantings is
> that, even
> > though you have some very special, new on the market plants that
> can stand
> > out, everything combined looks natural and very "at ease", not
> contrived.
> > Well, pots on the steps have to be contrived - they don't get there
> on their
> > own - but the general feeling is very comfortable.
> >
> > Re Heucheras - mine tend to get sparse rather than fill out as the
> years
> > progress.  What am I doing wrong?
> >
> > Kitty
>
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