Heucheras forum: basics for growing Heuchera?

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Name: GinnyPenny
Jacksonville (Zone 8a)
Jan 25, 2012 12:59 PM CST
I'm in East Texas, zone 8b. I live on a sand hill. The trees in area are mostly oak, pine (of course), sweet gum and lately a lot of cedar.

Don't know ANYTHING about these plants, except they are wonderful to look at and I'd love to get some going.

Help...sun? shade? moist? rich soil? what????
Name: Chris
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Jan 25, 2012 1:50 PM CST
Hi Ginny, Welcome, nice to have you join us!

You'll find that different heuchera have different needs. Here is a link to the heuchera part of the database with some general information. Coral Bells (Heuchera) Hope it helps some. If you have any specific questions, just ask!
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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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Jan 25, 2012 3:47 PM CST


Welcome Ginny , Glade you could join us. I would look at Villosa hybrids they are more heat and humidity tolerant. Where you are I would think they would need only a little early morning light. I do not think they could take afternoon sun by you. A well composted soil that has good drainage. Do they sell them at garden centers by you? Any questions please ask.
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Jan 26, 2012 3:36 AM CST
Welcome Ginny

So nice to have you. I definitely would start out with the Villosa's that Bob mentioned and then go from there. I know your sun is different from our sun, so I would err on the side that less is better. The villosas tend to be more vigorous and do better with the heat.

Some of the Villosas would include plants such as: Brownies, Southern Comfort, Autumn Bride, Citronelle, Caramel and Bronze Wave to name a few.

Were there specific heuchs you were looking at?

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Jan 26, 2012 10:47 AM CST


Welcome to the Heuchera site. I can't answer your question because I have never gardened any were but here in the PNW. We just don't have the heat like down south. I would sure take the advice of the Villosas as I too have read they do best with heat. Good luck!
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Name: GinnyPenny
Jacksonville (Zone 8a)
Jan 26, 2012 7:01 PM CST
Thanks to all. No I haven't made any decisions, they are all so lovely. the heat here is definitely a problem. We consistently run in the high 90s and 100s in July to Sept. Last summer we had lots of 110 degree weather and NO rain.

It's a problem with just about anything. I will be looking at the Villosas as soon as I get through posting this.

Well drained soil is no problem on this sand hill. I usually have to amend it with peat moss, potting soil and compost with mulching to cut down the heat and help hold moisture in

Again, thanks will be back with you soon.

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