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Itea -- how much heat and sun?

Posted by bob_b Sunset 14, Ca. (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 7, 10 at 10:26

I just planted an Itea virginicus ""Little Henry". The nursery person said full sun or partial shade, but full sun is better. So I did that. Later, I read elsewhere that these plants do not like too much heat and sun and like moist roots. Should I move the plant? I live in the Sonoma Valley -- very hot most of summer.

RB


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RE: Itea -- how much heat and sun?

  • Posted by bahia SF Bay Area (My Page) on
    Sun, Mar 7, 10 at 11:27

I'd think it would do better with dappled shade or morning sun only, and pay attention to keeping it watered and well mulched in summer. It does come from a part of the country that gets regular summer rainfall and also higher humidity. Itea does just fine in full sun nearer to the coast where it doesn't get so hot, and may in fact do just fine in Sonoma with full sun if it can tap into a high water table.


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RE: Itea -- how much heat and sun?

I planted one a few years ago in full sun. It seemed to do fine, leaves didn't burn & it bloomed a little the first year. But maybe the roots didn't like the heat (needed more water maybe?) as it died that fall or didn't come back in the spring, I forgot, but it only grew 1 year. Sacramento area.


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