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Article: Heaths and Heathers for USDA Zones 4-6: Lime tolerance of Heaths

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March 8, 2010
2:10 AM

Post #7612344

Is is generally accepted here in Ireland that E. carnea, E. x darleyensis and E. erigena will suceed well in lime soils, just so long as the requirement for all heathers are met, e.g. good drainage and organic matter in the soil. They will survive quite well even on heavy clay with a little help.
The 'RHS Plant Finder' lists about 140 cultivars between the 3 species and they are used extensively here to brighten up the late winter/early spring garden.

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St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)

March 8, 2010
5:58 AM

Post #7612599

Thanks for the info! I must say I've seen erica in more limey areas here too and they seemed fine. Calluna on the other hand, don't seem to be particularly lime-tolerant. My erica are just starting to appear from under the snow but Bell's Extra Special is already in bloom!

March 11, 2010
7:15 AM

Post #7620936

E. carneas are well out here, but we have not had snow for some weeks. VERY cold though and grass has not started into growth or any of the deciduous shrubs. Very wise, I think.

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