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UrbanWild
Aug 15, 2016 11:18 PM CST
These Astilbe have been in a newly created bed for about 5 weeks. They don't seem to have grown and now look singed. Any suggestions?
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Aug 16, 2016 5:32 AM CST
We are experiencing the same problem with newly planted astilbe.
Landscaper said not to worry.It's transplant shock.
We continue to water and hope for the best.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Aug 16, 2016 6:43 AM CST
Summer is a tough time for new Astilbes if it's hot and dry in your area or if they're getting too much sun. And I've noticed that varieties vary in how well they deal with all of that.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Aug 16, 2016 7:00 AM CST
Cindy ,so right on.
The astilbes I have go crispy by August no matter how much watering they get.
The landscaper who re designed and planted our front entrance planted three in full sun.
I hope they are a variety that can take it. Most of mine are in part shade.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Aug 16, 2016 7:42 AM CST
I agree. All my astilbes are crispy and unhappy even in the shade the past two years. Its just been hot and dry. I just make sure they get enough water and they always bounce back for me.
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Aug 16, 2016 9:07 AM CST
I moved a big, healthy looking one about a month ago and it's starting to look pretty crisp! The one right beside it still looks green and full, so I'm going to agree that it's just that time of year. I'll just cut it back soon and see what happens next year. Mine that get a lot of sun actually do better than the ones in shade Shrug! Since they're in my hosta beds they do get watered regularly.
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UrbanWild
Aug 16, 2016 3:35 PM CST
Thanks all. It is the south side between 2 3-story buildings. It does get some direct sun but mostly indirect. It is hot/humid though. Hopefully they will be ok.
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Aug 16, 2016 3:57 PM CST
They should be OK .Just check watering. Probably won't know until next year.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Aug 17, 2016 2:29 PM CST
I do have some red Astilbes (variety unknown) that take the direct sun like troopers. They get several hours of hot afternoon sun. They are planted in a bed where an oak stump was ground up about 3 years ago. The oak chips were spread out and not concentrated in one spot and I mulch with shredded leaves. The foliage has grown very thick so the ground is totally shaded, maybe keeping their roots a lot cooler. They get some supplemental city water via the sprinkler if it hasn't rained for a couple of weeks. I've actually had to thin out some plants. I think maybe pure luck here.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Aug 17, 2016 3:56 PM CST
Cindy. It sounds like you have the right mix as far as soil goes. They are heavy feeders so fert. now and then wouldn't hurt.
Maybe your Astils are Visions Red.
These are mine a few years ago.
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This is fanal astilbe red


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Name: Rose
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Rose1656
Aug 17, 2016 4:12 PM CST
Jo Ann,

That's a pretty combination!
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Aug 17, 2016 5:03 PM CST
Mine are older than the Vision series. Maybe 'Fanal' or 'Red Sentinel' or similar.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Aug 18, 2016 2:35 AM CST
Cindy. I love the red ones. I'll look up Red Sentinal maybe add some to my spot.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Aug 18, 2016 7:06 AM CST
ge - I do like your combo of 'Fanal' with the lily.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Aug 18, 2016 7:08 AM CST
The lily is Tiny Orange Sensation.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Aug 18, 2016 8:52 AM CST
That lily is a cutie.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Aug 18, 2016 9:43 AM CST
Cindy. There are more in the tiny series.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Aug 18, 2016 10:33 AM CST
The problem is that I am totally out of room in my beds unless I pull other stuff out. That would take some redesign on my part and I haven't had the focus to do that. Even my "wish list" is stagnant. Smiling
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Aug 18, 2016 12:50 PM CST
I hear your pain.
I didn't think I had room for more of anything but a fellow gardener made me such a deal I couldn't say no.
The lily has such a small footprint I found it easy to cram in more.
This is tiny snowflake

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Tiny Athlete
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Tiny Spider

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Tiny Skyline
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Tiny Icon

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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
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Shadegardener
Aug 18, 2016 1:39 PM CST
Those are so cute! I refuse to make all of my garden beds bigger as it's getting a little more challenging to take care of all of them, especially in summers like this one.

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