Heucheras forum: Growing in Pots

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Cinta
Apr 13, 2013 8:46 PM CST
My Hercs seem to do better in pots. My problem is I want them in the garden. So I am trying a new idea. Growing them in coir liners and placing them in the garden so they appear to be planted.

This is some of my wintered ones I picked up at the end of the season cheap a dollar or two and they stayed in the pots all winter.

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After winter this week.

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Coir pots

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Planted in the pot the pot disappears. I will see if I get the same good survival and growth that I get in regular pots over next winter.

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dormantsrule
Apr 14, 2013 12:16 PM CST
Hi Cinta, Mine grow better in pots too. Hoping you give us progress reports using the coir.

I purchased 6 Redstone Falls at the same time and planted 1 in this gray planter and 5 in the ground. 2 of the 5 died and the other 3 were not looking so good and this spring were moved to hanging baskets where they are thriving.


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This one has been in a planter for 2 years from a plug and thrives.

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Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Apr 16, 2013 12:21 AM CST
Sure does look like they came through the winter well. I've grown very few in pots. Maybe I should try that more this summer. Thumbs up
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Name: Karen Skedgell-Ghiban
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Tepelus
Apr 19, 2013 7:11 AM CST
Sounds like an idea. My tiarella 'Mystic Mist' had been doing terribly since I got it a few years ago in the ground, so in an effort to save it I put it in a pot for the summer, then stashed it away somewhere and forgot about it. The following spring it was looking better than it ever had. So I planted it in a new spot amended with compost and horse manure and it did really well. Maybe since I will be lacking room in the ground for anymore, I can try a few in pots. It worked for the sickly tiarella, a healthy one should do even better. Of course, drainage being key for plant survival in winter, I'll have to use a potting medium that's well draining.

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Cinta
Apr 20, 2013 7:32 PM CST
Karen nothing seems to drain better than coir liner. I have trouble keeping annuals live in these without putting diaper in the bottom so the plants have enough moisture.
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Carolyn22
Apr 22, 2013 5:43 PM CST
Let us know how it goes with Mystic Mist. That one didn't do well for me. It just seemed to disappear. I got the impression it was not a very vigorous plant.
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Apr 22, 2013 6:32 PM CST

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Karen you are the only one I have heard having much luck with it. Even the 2 growers I spoke to in the area said it was to much trouble to keep this plant going. Needs to be kept moist but does not like to be wet. I guess that would be easier to control in a container.
Name: Karen Skedgell-Ghiban
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Tepelus
Apr 22, 2013 6:55 PM CST
Bob, I may have to keep it in a pot. The soil here is a sandy loam and dries rather quickly, whereas where it is at the moment the soil is a clay loam heavily amended with compost and horse manure. It didn't do much last summer when it was hot, but once it cooled down in the fall it grew quite a bit. I thought the thing was going to die, but I didn't give up on it. I'm afraid to move it from its happy spot, but I have no choice.

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How it looked in the fall:



How it looked when I planted it in the spring:

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Carolyn22
Apr 23, 2013 5:40 PM CST
It's beautiful! Mine never got big enough to do much at all but to fade into the dirt.
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Apr 23, 2013 6:43 PM CST

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*Blush* Mine's a beauty. I'll get a picture later.
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Cinta
Apr 23, 2013 7:52 PM CST
Sounds like the trouble I had with Snow Angel. I put it in a pot it would grow great put it in the garden and then I would get two leaves the following year. I finally let it die.
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clintbrown
May 3, 2013 11:32 AM CST
Mine do better in the ground. I have no idea why.
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Cinta
May 3, 2013 3:46 PM CST
Clint what is the longest Heuch you have had? I started way back when the rage was Amber wave. Many have been improved for sure. I have some that are doing great in the ground. Some I think are going to be short lived.

I am looking for 5 years down the road to see which of the ones that come back after our winters. The ones I had in the pots did not even lose many leaves vs the ones in the ground are taking until now to start to come back.
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clintbrown
May 3, 2013 4:11 PM CST
I think 'Southern Comfort' we've had for a over 4 years. I like these so much I would grow them even if they were annuals. LOL.
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Cinta
May 5, 2013 7:55 AM CST
Clint I love them too. They are getting to a more reasonable price range to take a chance. When we could not find them for less than 18.00 I was not willing to shell out that kind of cash for iffy.

I have picked up more without a second thought. Before when I purchased one for 18.00 I would think about it for a few weeks, I would go on the net and search how many people had grown it in their garden before I purchased.

They were pumping them out to fast without garden tested in different climates.
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Name: Clint Brown
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clintbrown
May 5, 2013 9:14 AM CST
I know the feeling. I experimented with cuttings last year too. I was able to make a new 'Sweet Tea' Heucherella from one of the new growth points. I hope to try that with some other favorites this year.

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