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Asked by Anonymous on November 5, 2016
Gaura Plant

Gaura plant growing well but is along the ground not growing upright. The soil is good and lavender planted there is doing well.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Many varieties of Gaura plant have a tendency to fall open.
Little can be done for this growing pattern.
You can try planting varieties such as 'Pink Cloud" Gaura. It has a strong upright growth pattern and does not fall open.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/gaura/growing-guara-plants.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on May 29, 2017
Gaura

Why is Gaura not growing.
It’s spring and they look dead

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Gaura plants can sometimes survive the winter in colder zones, and it seems to depend on how wet they get. Well-draining soil and a drier site will increase their survival in the winter.

The plant should not be cut back in the winter. The remaining foliage may help to protect the roots from cold. You can cover them when it is about to freeze, or when the foliage is no longer green.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/gaura/growing-guara-plants.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on October 25, 2017
Gaura

I have 3 Gaura plants that I love. I planted them this past spring. I read that they may not be winter hardy in my 5b zone. I will cover them with straw for the winter. My question is, should I cut them down prior to covering them? Also, when is a good time to cover them?

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MichiganDot

Gaura is one of those perennials that isn't long-lived so it is best to let them go to seed at the end of the season. My gaura have made it through zone 5 winters without any special care. You may have a special cultivar that is less hardy; I don't know. Cut the stems down all the way; the plant sends up new ones next year. The leaves may be left intact. Mulch with a mixture of chopped/shredded leaves and wood mulch. Snow is a great insulator for plants so you can always pile it over the gaura but remove excess snow when spring melt starts.

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