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Ohio River Valley Gardening: Help with Darley Dale Heather

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KathleenAG
Hudson, OH
(Zone 5b)

March 18, 2009
3:38 PM

Post #6285019

I'm in 5b and planted this Pink Heather last spring. I was able to get my first close look today since all of our snow has melted. It appears to be dried and dead with very little green at the base. Anyone with Heather experience have advise?
valrita

March 20, 2009
6:28 PM

Post #6295636

I haven't grown it but I hope that someone with experience with it will answer.

I think I looked into it once and decided not to try it because the kind I was looking at liked acidic sandy soil. I have alkaline, clay soil. I don't have much luck with acid loving plants or plants that need excellent drainage. Your soil could be much different than mine though.
Esther_z6
South Point, OH
(Zone 6a)

March 20, 2009
9:29 PM

Post #6296287

I like heather a lot, and have bought them two different times for two different locations, and both times they just died on me. So I just admire them now and do not try to grow them. Just my experience.
Marcy_1
New Madison, OH
(Zone 5a)

March 22, 2009
1:18 PM

Post #6302907

I am with Esther...(hi Esther!!) I think they are only marginally hardy here. They never live for me either.
daylily_ohio
Newark, OH
(Zone 5b)

March 22, 2009
3:49 PM

Post #6303370

Same here. I have tried heath and heather with no luck. I think I had Erica live 2 years once, that was it.
DustyDS
Sugar Valley, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 24, 2009
1:34 PM

Post #6312257

Lowes had some pink heather for sale yesterday, and I read the tag on it...It said it was hardy to Zone 8... so why are they selling it in Zone 5 unless it is expected to be treated as an annual??? I have some heather seed I was going to plant, but apparently if I want it, it needs to be treated as an annual rather than a perennial...I have a friend in Scotland that gets far worse winters than we do, and the heather grows wild there...
I wonder if when they come over here to visit in August if she could bring some seeds from the Scottish Heather, and see if it would grow here...
gemini_sage
Winchester, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 25, 2009
12:06 PM

Post #6316564

I kinda think our issue with Heather has more to do with our heat and humidity in summer. I've gotten a few through the winter, but they dwindle with the onset of summer. Guess we just need to plan a trip to the British aisles, LOL.

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