Views: 338, Replies: 4 » Jump to the end
Name: Lisa Osgood
Indiana (Zone 6a)
Jun 13, 2016 6:10 PM CST
Wondering if it's OK to oil the leaves of Heuchera 'forever purple' and 'berry smoothie.' They just arrived and I'm not happy with their color right now, but I suspect that will change once I get them settled. If so, WHAT kind of oil should I use?
Also, any tips on planting? Should I use 1:2 compost to potting soil? Thank you all in advance for your insight!
[Last edited by LisaOsgood - Jun 13, 2016 6:20 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1181733 (1)
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
Greenhouse Region: United States of America Region: Michigan Enjoys or suffers cold winters Butterflies Birds
Jun 13, 2016 8:23 PM CST
Welcome to, @LisaOsgood !

I don't really have any direct experience with this, and hopefully someone who does will chime in here, but I wouldn't advise applying oil to the leaves... I know that is sometimes recommended for house plants, but I'm assuming your heuchera are outdoor plants? At any rate, I think the colors will perk up once they are established.

Happy gardening! Smiling
“Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight." ~ Albert Schweitzer / - A Universe of Communities[/I] / Share your recipes: Favorite Recipes A-Z cubit
C/F temp conversion / NGA Member Map
Name: Barbalee
Amarillo, TX (Zone 6b)
Jun 13, 2016 8:45 PM CST
Welcome, Lisa! Welcome!
I can't help with the question (sorry). I have never heard of oiling heuchera leaves.
Avatar is 'Global Crossing' 04-20-2017
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Heucheras Echinacea
Hellebores The WITWIT Badge Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Jun 13, 2016 10:23 PM CST
Why do you want to oil the leaves? Do they have a fungus that would be the only reason to do it. Are you planting in ground or in a container? The most important thing is very good drainage. Forever Purple does best in bright shade without much direct light. Berry Smoothie has Villosa in it and can take more direct light. Best color in Spring and Fall.
Name: Sue Taylor
Northumberland, UK
Charter ATP Member Bookworm Amaryllis Houseplants Annuals Garden Photography
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Foliage Fan Bulbs Bee Lover Frogs and Toads Container Gardener
Jun 14, 2016 10:02 AM CST
Don't do it! You will stop the leaves transpiring. You will also add more stress to the plants. Once they settle into their planting spaces & start producing new leaves you will get better colour.

« Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Ask a Question forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:



[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by dirtdorphins and is called "Agastache"