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Butterflies Daylilies Echinacea Heucheras Hellebores Hostas
Lilies Region: Northeast US
Jul 22, 2016 8:34 AM CST
we haven't had rain in over a month and high temps.
Hosta and perennials are burning up. I watered some but way to many
to keep watered.Now are they dying or just going dormant?
Name: Jessie Worsham
Stockbridge, GA (Zone 8a)
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
Daylilies Hostas Heucheras Cat Lover Echinacea Hybridizer
Irises Region: Georgia
Jul 22, 2016 8:41 AM CST
Some plants will experience summer dormancy, but without water, some of your plants may be dying. You might try adding a soil conditioner, peat moss, or some other means of water retention to your soil to prevent them from drying out. It has been VERY dry here also, so I have been watering the garden about once a week. How often do you water? What types of plants are you growing? Let us know where you are located, and that may help others give you area specific advice.
Name: J.R. Baca
Pueblo West Co. ( High Dessert (Zone 6a)
Jul 26, 2016 7:02 PM CST
Out here in southern Colorado hot & dry is a typical summer! A heavy mulch truly is a money saver and speaking for myself woodchips are where it's at. When I had to protect my Mums, I put down some Revive which is kinda like a granularized manure that is used primarily as a wetting agent for your lawn ( the product retains moisture like those polymer beads, which you could also use ) and after working it in the soil then watering I'd cover them with a thick layer of woodchips. On a personal note I and a few other early arrivers have a kinda bull session before work and I've learned that unflavored gelatin does the same thing. With a thick enough layer you may not have to water at all if you receive a good down pour early in the season. Hope this was helpful.

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