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Arlington, TX

April 1, 2012
7:09 AM

Post #9065284

I bought 2 of these but nothing about them. Does anyone grow these? I put them in good soil in a slightly raised bed that has good drainage. How picky are these about soil? None of my agastaches survived last summer and I am hoping these do.
I also put out 3 A. cana in another drier bed but that is where last years plants failed so I am worried.

This message was edited Apr 1, 2012 11:16 AM
Abilene, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 16, 2012
4:58 PM

Post #9085266

It was the summer from hell. I wouldn't judge any plant by last summer (atleast in Texas) I think as long as you have them in soil that drains well, they should be good. I had an acapulco and it did well even in less than perfect soil.
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 16, 2012
6:46 PM

Post #9085413

Yep, good drainage is key. They don't need a rich soil either--I find they do best if you plant them & ignore them (not too much water, and I don't bother fertilizing them). I don't find caring for them to really be any different from any other Agastache.
Arlington, TX

April 16, 2012
6:49 PM

Post #9085419

The soil is pretty good so that might not suit them. I actually think the heat didn't kill the agastache last year, it was overwatering to compensate for the heat! Hopefully the 5 plants I put out will make it this summer.
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

April 23, 2012
4:37 AM

Post #9093850

I failed miseriably the first time I grew them but that was years ago as a newbee so I'm trying them again this year along w/ an abundance of new salvias since that's what did the best for me last year in the heat and drought.

Arlington, TX

October 25, 2012
6:05 AM

Post #9314825

I have tried native and non-native species and varieties and none has lived more than a summer! I have no idea what is the issue. I tried different soil from rich to poor and from composty to sandy. I grow all sorts of salvia, including many native to TX and they all thrive. I won't be wasting more money on Agastache any time soon. They are lovely though.
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 25, 2012
7:08 AM

Post #9314886

What time of year are you planting them? In a hot climate like yours, you will probably have better success if you plant things in the fall instead of spring (and the later in the spring you plant, the more trouble you're likely to have). My summers aren't as bad as yours, and I still have much better luck with things that I plant in the fall since they have a chance to get their roots going before they get hit by summer heat.
Arlington, TX

October 26, 2012
2:29 PM

Post #9316280

I did plant most of them in the fall.

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