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Asked by
jess on
September 27, 2011

Q. Flowers and Shrubs in Pots over Winter

Can I plant flowers and shrubs in pots over winter, like heather? I am new to gardening, as hubby use to do all the gardening, and just had decking done in garden, so can only put pots out.

Answered by
Heather on
October 2, 2011
Certified Expert
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You can, but you need to treat your container garden as though you are gardening 1 zone lower than your current zone. So, for example, if you are in zone 5, you will need to treat your garden as though you live in zone 4. And should only expect plants that are suitable for zone 4 and higher to survive in the pots.

The reason for this is that without the insulation of the ground, the plant's roots are exposed to the elements more and experience weather as though it were colder than it is.

You can help ensure that your plants will survive the winter by placing them in a sheltered location when storing them for the winter. This can be against the foundation or wall of your house. Also covering the plants and pots with leaves or straw will further help to insulate them.

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Asked by
scoot on
April 5, 2012

Q. zone 6 western NC types of heaths and heathers to grow

Zone 6 in the mountains of western North Carolina. I am interested in trying to grow heather. Sunny locations with excellent drainage. Any particular varieties that I should consider?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 5, 2012
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The following Heather (Calluna vulgaris) varieties are suitable in zones 5-7 and will work fine where you are: Firefly, Spring Torch, Winter Chocolate, Velvet Fascination

These Heath varieties will also work: Winter heath (Erica carnea), Williams heath (E. x williamsii ), Bell heath (E. cinerea 'Velvet Night')

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 29, 2012

Q. How Do I Care for Japanese Soft Heather in Zone 6?

How do I care for Japanese Soft Heather in Zone 6?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 30, 2012
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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 27, 2013

Q. Live in Tacoma WA Area. Have 20-Year Old Heather Plants That Are Overgrown.

Need to cut back plants; however, fiberous mat under plants is hard to remove. Any easy way to get rid of this mat? Any way to avoid it in the future?

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
August 29, 2013
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The fibrous mat won't need to be moved. This article should help: http://www.gallowayheathers.com/heather-planting-instructions.asp

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Asked by
diane peck on
May 25, 2014

Q. saving a heather

I bought two heathers. Unfortunately, I only got one of them in the ground right away (it’s doing fine). The other one has turned brown and looks dead with maybe a tiny bit of green deep in the middle.

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
May 25, 2014
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Let's start with an article on growing heather: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/heather/growing-heather.htm
For the dead one, gently cut away as much of the dead part as possible. Pull it out of the pot, spread the roots gently away from the soil, and cut away dead roots that you see, also. Then go ahead and plant it. It may not live, but then again it may. With plants it's often "nothing ventured, nothing gained."

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 21, 2015

Q. heather

I have several heathers in my garden that have been there over 20 years. This spring they have not flowered as much as in previous years and some bits are dead and falling off. How can I revive them?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 22, 2015
Certified Expert
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If they flowered before, then they may simply be in need of some phosphorus, which could have become depleted. Most difficulties with this plant can usually be attributed to the soil.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 24, 2015

Q. heather

When and how is the best time to trim/cut heather back? Some of mine are very straggly. Thank you.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 25, 2015
Certified Expert
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They should be cut back just after flowering.

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