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raerae1
Newbury, OH

March 13, 2012
8:28 AM

Post #9040943

Have other gardeners had trouble with some of the new varieties of heuchera? They were so beautiful when I purchased them, but not thriving or coming back in zone 5b. Expensive hobby!
wonderearth
Santa Cruz, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 13, 2012
1:41 PM

Post #9041371

not sure this is the right place for this thread but yes two of my heucheras are just looking horrible! they were so beautiful last year.
diamond9192002
(Anita) Fort Wayne, IN
(Zone 6a)

March 15, 2012
8:05 AM

Post #9043566

I have had the same problem with my coral bells. Every year I buy more to compensate for the ones I'm losing. I like the new variety because if the bright colors. Maybe I should replace them altogether.
dowdeswell
Wanganui
New Zealand

March 15, 2012
11:43 PM

Post #9044548

This should probably be on perennials forum but you are welcome to complete it here. I'm having a few days break for a back operation. All well.
wonderearth
Santa Cruz, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 19, 2012
4:29 PM

Post #9049274

Ok, sorry to keep this on the wrong forum but I found out that my heucheras were getting long and tired "necks". Cutting these off refreshes the plant and you can propagate the necks you've cut off. Good luck to all. I think my problem is solved. Im glad I didn't pull them. They really looked retched.
sierra77
Cedar Valley, OK
(Zone 6b)

April 13, 2012
12:13 PM

Post #9081102

I have found that some heucheras take a couple seasons to look their best. I have had 'Tiramisu' and 'Palace Purple' (see image) for three years and the 'Tiramisu' is just now catching up with 'Palace Purple' and look beautiful together. They are in a shady bed on the north side of the house and get maybe 2-3 hours of sun per day. Sometimes this area is pretty dry in winter and sometimes it stands in water for a day after a good rain, but they don't seem to mind! This bed is watered with a soaker hose in dry weather. Have tried them in pots but don't let them dry out completely, they won't revive like some plants do after being watered. We are in north central Oklahoma, a few miles from Guthrie, right on the border between Zone 7 and 6, lots of wind most of the time- tough conditions for gardens.

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diamond9192002
(Anita) Fort Wayne, IN
(Zone 6a)

April 13, 2012
1:59 PM

Post #9081211

Beautiful color combo
sierra77
Cedar Valley, OK
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2012
12:45 PM

Post #9082318

Thanks! I love to try different color combinations and have yellow and orange daylilies planted with these heucheras. Really lights up a shady spot. Would like to get heucheras: 'Caramel', 'Peach Flambe', etc.
diamond9192002
(Anita) Fort Wayne, IN
(Zone 6a)

April 16, 2012
6:51 AM

Post #9084431

I'm looking for the same varieties. If you come across those two for sale will you let me know? I love the Peach Flambe
microbiology1
Foxboro, MA

April 16, 2012
6:23 PM

Post #9085387

Any chance a little critter is eating them? Someone keeps chomping mine right to the ground.
diamond9192002
(Anita) Fort Wayne, IN
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2012
11:05 AM

Post #9086275

I have some bunnies and chipmunks that hang out frequently in my yard. I think some of my coral bells burn from too much sun or die back from lack of water. It's possible that I have a muncher in my gardens but I have not seen ay evidence.
sierra77
Cedar Valley, OK
(Zone 6b)

April 17, 2012
10:01 PM

Post #9087056

Sources for Peach Flambe, Caramel and Georgia Peach heucheras: Mail Order: http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com; http://www.bluestoneperennials.com; http://www.hostasdirect.com and http://www.terranovanurseries.com. My step-daughter has ordered from Bluestone Perennials and recommends them. The plants are small but have great root systems and grow quickly. Lowe's in our area (Oklahoma City metro area) has Caramel and a few others. You might check them if you have one near you or possibly Home Depot. Good luck and good gardening!
cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

April 18, 2012
7:17 AM

Post #9087331

You'll find a lot more on Heuchera forum. Lots of old posts to read that may be helpful.

Raerae, they don't do much in the winter. Give them a chance to get going.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 19, 2012
6:16 AM

Post #9088633

Raerae, this is absolutely the right place for your post. The other forums suggested are Subscriber only forums. To know whether a poster is a subscriber or not, one only needs to place the cursor over their name.
dmac085
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7a)

April 20, 2012
2:54 PM

Post #9090674

The newer ones are fussier. Palace Purple for me has been a soldier and comes back every year. I have them in large (about 5 gal volumewise) square planters and they come back every year--well, they don't die back much really. You will get pieces that get old and woody and eventually have to be removed as they die off from older plants. Mine are in a spot that gets sun part of the day and a bit of shade. I don't water unless we're in the drought thing. Palace Purple reseeds like a fiend too. I top off the soil every year but leave the crown sitting above the soil line.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

April 20, 2012
2:57 PM

Post #9090679

If you are a beginner gardener this is exactly the right place for this thread
Lots of newer varieties seem to be having problems
Critter ate my Lime Rickey GRRRRRR...got out the Liquid Fence
diamond9192002
(Anita) Fort Wayne, IN
(Zone 6a)

April 20, 2012
3:19 PM

Post #9090712

I bought more purple palace coral bells and plan to plant soon. My spot is under a tree in south facing sun but shaded most of the day by the tree. I'm going to fill in and mix in more hostas. This is what the space used to look like.

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wonderearth
Santa Cruz, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 12, 2012
9:44 AM

Post #9120982

The confusion is that this was showing up in the featured company thread. It now it says beginner flowers. Weird.
cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

May 12, 2012
3:23 PM

Post #9121234

I just took a count. We've got about 15 Heucheras of varying varieties, including Mystic Angel, Venue, Peach Melba, Georgia Peach, Pinot Gris and Shanghai, all of which are in containers, and they made it through this winter and last winter just fine. In addition there are about 3-4 in ground, and they all made it through just fine. There was a bit more heaving this past winter, which was a very mild winter, but last winter (2010-2011) was brutal. The only problem last year seemed to be missing foliage, which I think was due to deer. The new growth was perfect.

Raerae, are your Heucheras in ground or in containers? They seem to thrive during the summer despite ignoring them. As it gets cold, I bring them closer to the house in a more protected area. The only Heucheras lost have been by my own hand (ouch!)
diamond9192002
(Anita) Fort Wayne, IN
(Zone 6a)

May 13, 2012
3:15 PM

Post #9122354

Do you all feed your coral bells?
cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

May 13, 2012
6:47 PM

Post #9122601

I only give mine love.

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 14, 2012
7:09 AM

Post #9123090

cathy, wish we had a "like" button like FB!! You'd get one.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 14, 2012
7:11 AM

Post #9123093

agree, cathy!

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