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valleylynn
Apr 27, 2021 11:02 AM CST

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Cons:
Jill, the birds here love to play pickleball with newly planted semps. Also earthworms. I have watched them come up under the new plants and push them up and over. They can move them some distance.
I think plants are individuals, even from the same cultivar. If they sustain some kind of damage to roots, crown, leaves, etc., it can be a determining factor in how they do when planted in our gardens. One does well, the other does not. There are also some cultivars that can do very well in one condition and not so good in another growing condition, as in CC 'Citrus Sunrise'. So we have to find out what does well for our growing conditions.

Pros:
New, strong, amazing cultivars are coming along at a much greater speed now, due to the active highbridizing here in the U.S. Hurray!

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critterologist
Apr 27, 2021 3:33 PM CST
Earthworms??? Just when I thought it was safe to buy a new semp and put it under a wire hat... Blinking

Hopefully true about new cultivars being tougher as well as beautiful. I find I'm having pretty good luck with "Chick Charms," although I can imagine the number of nurseries pushing that line makes other hybridizers grit their teeth.

Now if we could get some new but winter-hardy varieties of coneflowers... but I digress.
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