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Stacey Docherty

Well it's official I am totally addicted to this site now!! Right to business..... I have bought x 4 monardas this year 2x Cambridge Scarlett and two pink ones the name eludes me ATM.... I know I need to cut them back in the autumn but did this with one last year and it never came back! ( this could also be due to it being in the wrong position!) so should I cloche them over winter to prevent them getting too wet?

Hiya stacey

Well. Monardas are one of the few plants I dont grow.....I know several on the forum do.  I have avoided growing them because they are susceptible to mildew.  However, I  intend to grow a few varieties next them over winter now.  

I do know how to grow them though........they need good soil, soil that doesnt dry out too much and they will grow in sun or light shade.  I think mildew is not a problem if you can provide comditions Monardas need.

They are tough hardy plants and should not need protection over winter.  I sense though you have tried to grow them in heavy moist soil.....?  They will not like that ESP over winter.  If you have heavy soil grow them in the sunniest, warmest,spot you,have.  

Stacey Docherty

Thanks verdun, to be honest the spot I put the other one in was too shaded and it never took off in the spring theN our friend the slug got too them And my peony overshadowed it!! I now have them under a highly cut back lailandi so the soil it quite sandy and by hey get full sun 80% of the day... My pink one already has powdery mildew but to be honest they were bone bone dry when I got them so I think it was on them when I bought them however the Cambridge Scarlett planted in close proximity hasn't got it yet! I sprayed the pink one with a milk mixture (50:50 mix) and it appears to have cleared up I just cut it back today as it was going over and none of the new growth at the bottom has any signs!!!!! Fingers crossed

Stacey Docherty

Verdun just saw ur profile and see you like echinacea as well... How well do they overwinter they are in the same bed ( a rough attempt at semi prarie!) I know the slugs love them v much so again should I cloche them?

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