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Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Sep 29, 2013 12:25 PM CST
I generally give my roses a late feeding by October 1st because modern roses store their nutrients in their canes and because photosynthesis slows down when temps reach 70 degrees. I know that the nutrients will be taken up and stored and am not really concerned about generating new growth.

As I was feeding the roses, yesterday, I wondered if this was true for other plants ... specifically huecheras.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

As I have mentioned in other posts, I only know how to grow roses and weeds .... lol

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Lyn
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.

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Patti1957
Sep 29, 2013 12:48 PM CST
Heuchera are not heavy feeders. I don't fertilize mine in the ground but will lightly fertilize the ones I grow in containers.


Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Sep 29, 2013 1:48 PM CST
Thanks, Patti....

I haven't been very good at feeding them this summer, and was pleased to find that the three I am growing survived my hot dry climate in the sites I placed them. They are looking so good right now, I was kind of concerned that I should give them something now that it has cooled down, but is yet not really cold at night.

Would a light feeding be appropriate ? Mine are all in the ground. I don't seem to grow things well in containers up here with the intense heat of summer. Starting Wednesday, the night temps are moving into the 30s. They are not below freezing, yet.

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Lyn
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Patti1957
Sep 29, 2013 2:03 PM CST
If they are looking good, I'd leave them alone. Maybe a light feeding next spring when they start growing again.


Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Sep 29, 2013 2:06 PM CST
Thank you.

I've grown roses so long, I can read them and know what they need, but other plants are still a mystery to me. It's wonderful that people like you are willing to help people like me who just kind of fumble along as we expand to plants we don't know.

Smiles,
Lyn
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Patti1957
Sep 29, 2013 2:27 PM CST
Others may do it differently but this is what works for me where I live. You will figure out what works for you as you go along. That is half the fun of growing knew things.


Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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RoseBlush1
Sep 29, 2013 3:01 PM CST
Thank you. Just guessing, I think I'll feed the one that doesn't seem to be as strong as the other two. All were planted at the same time. That cultivar may be a slightly heavy feeder than the other two. I don't know, so I guess I'll experiment.

I do know that feeding needs vary between different cultivars of roses, so it may be true of other plants.

Smiles,
Lyn
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.

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Patti1957
Sep 29, 2013 3:09 PM CST
That sounds like a good experiment. I'm sure it won't hurt and it could actually help.


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