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I just adore heucheras particularly the dark red varieties but I cannot get them to grow. I have spent a fortune in the hopes that they will do well. I drool with envy when I see them in other gardens so can anyone give me some tips please. I will be forever grateful. Thanks
What sort of soil and aspect have you tried growing them on so far?
they seem to like shade /dapple shade and free draining.. well in my garden they do. they do not do well in full sun here.
Thanks for your replies.
I have tried them in compost enriched soil in full sun and semi shade although perhaps I should have been more generous with the compost. They seem to be ok for a bit and then they just don't thrive (become spindly)and I end up pulling them out. Are they very thirsty plants? Mybe I dont water them enough
They are thirsty, yes. Many of them also seem to do better in more shade than you might expect.
Hello Everyone. Thanks for your ideas. Based on Lorelei's ideas, is it a good idea to bury them deeper than usual perhaps if they have a tendency to lift out of the ground?
With me the plants with dark coloured leaves do best planted in the garden (soil quite heavy, lightened with peat and garden compost!)
The light coloured leaves do best in pots or tubs!
They have not been so colourful or grown well this season, I think the rain and dull days have done for them so far!
The biggest problem is vine weavil, none of the so called "EXPENSIVE" vine weavil insecticides are any use what so ever!l
I started all my heucheras in pots, in full sun, on the patio. They have done very well indeed and are flowering away very freely. They are thirsty though, so in pots you do need to keep an eye on them. I only plant them in the garden in their second year, and they seem to love this treatment. Mine are a dark red variety, although I forget exactly which. Make sure to give them a good feed at the beginning of the season and they will do well enough.
No in the garden as well but is worse in either pots and tubs!
Chris no 2
Yes I find the yellow varieties hard to deal with,they die very easily!
Have found this season that it has been hard to increase the stock as very few threw any young shoots so far!
Have just come back after a day out visiting three garden centres, and all of them had really rubbishy heucheras for sale, some a disgrace really!
Also all had other plants for sale at 50% off, they were not worth 50 pence most of them!
The garden centres do themselves a disservice in offering rubbish like they do!
If when the plants started to go off they were to offer them cheaply, instead of waiting to they were only fit for the compost heap, they might get a few more sold!
Wow loads more replies! Thanks everyone. Have been busy in the garden these last few days as summer seems to have arrived at last and I have felt too exhausted to spend time on the pc afterwards so missed all your replies. Sooooo much catching up to do.
I will bear all your ideas in mind when I come to buy heucheras in the future. I am determined to win the battle but I am obviously going to have to be careful as we ahve vine weevils in the front garden and as yet I need to try and obliterate them there.