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May 20, 2020 2:35 AM CST
Name: Eric
Hawthorne, fl (Zone 9a)
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I have this penstemon in a three gallon pot. Seems like some of the branches growing out aren't growing up and have flowers on them. They are kind of laying down. I had one stem that has a lot of flowers on it, but rather than remain sturdy the stem fell over. Anyone know about growing penstenom? Right now the plant gets partial shade. Not full sun.
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May 20, 2020 3:21 AM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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The shade may be part of the problem. Mine are in full sun, yet they are falling over. I think this is due to the weight of the blossoms and the brisk winds we had recently. Have you has some wind lately? That could be a factor.
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May 20, 2020 4:11 AM CST
Name: Eric
Hawthorne, fl (Zone 9a)
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It was windy a few days ago just thought these plants were sturdyer. It's not so attractive floppy looking. Would staking it help?
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May 20, 2020 6:11 AM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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Eric, I'm thinking yes. Mine are nearly through blooming. I'm just going to leave mine alone.
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May 20, 2020 10:42 AM CST
Name: Eric
Hawthorne, fl (Zone 9a)
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If you had them in pots at high 80 degree temps would you water them daily? Also today to go with my quartz pen I purchased a Phoenix lavender and Phoenix magenta penstemon.
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May 20, 2020 11:55 AM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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Yes, I probably would. I find that in those temps here, most, if not all of my pots need watering every day. I have a lot of pots. When I first started container gardening, I was using small pots. I had to water them tow of three times a day. I've upsized now. I don't use any pot less than 15" across.
Congrats on the two new penstemons! I saw a really nice one at Lowe's today. I'm trying to decide if I can squeeze it in my perennial bed.
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