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How much sun can ligularia take?

Posted by weeper (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 15, 09 at 21:00

So I planted ligularia "The Rocket" this spring on the east side of my house. It gets sun all morning until about 1:30. Every day it wilts really bad. I haven't had it planted for long, so I'm wondering if I should just continue to water it where it is and once it settles in, it'll bounce back? Or do I need to move it to the north side of my house - which gets about 4 hours of weak sun. (very early morning, late evening)

Thanks for any advice!


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RE: How much sun can ligularia take?

I have one on the east side of the house as well, Weeper, and it does the same thing. This is its second year there. I just keep watering. There are two more in another bed in deeper shade and they're fine.


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RE: How much sun can ligularia take?

I have the same problem, It gets sun from 10 - 12 and then from 3-5 and the only time it does not look wilted is right after I water. It hung on and looked sad all last year and was doing the same this year so I potted it up and set the pot in my pond. It looked good for the first 2 days and now it looks all limp again. Granted it will need time to settle in, it has only been a few days, but I am starting to think it can not tolerate the sun at all


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RE: How much sun can ligularia take?

My ligularia is Othello and is in full sun beside the pond. I placed it in a lower spot that holds extra water. When I planted it five years ago, I gave it lots of peat moss, leaf mould, and sheep manure--I replenish some of that each year) and mulch it well and it does great.


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RE: How much sun can ligularia take?

Most ligs prefer partial shade, it can depend on the variety, but I have had some do well in partial sun. As a whole, ligs are good at complaining even if they are in an appropriate spot. Mine usually starts to complain around two in the afternoon, even in partial shade.

Adequate watering is not usually enough to keep the large leaves from flagging when exposed to the full heat of the afternoon sun. Although the wilted leaves quickly recover once the sun has passed, try planting them in dappled or light shade to avoid the problem. A layer of deep organic mulch around the plant will help keep the roots cool, conserve moisture, and add nutrients to the soil.

Cheers


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RE: How much sun can ligularia take?

Yes, I moved them to the north side of the house where it gets almost no direct sunlight. Still, the heat alone seems to be enough to wilt it during the day - even though it is mulched and watered. Oh well. I'm hoping that once it is more established maybe it won't look so sad in the afternoon. Thanks for the replies, guys.


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RE: How much sun can ligularia take?

I have both the rocket and othello in a north facing bed and I indeed find that the heat will cause the rocket to wilt but it will bounce back later in the day. Othello does not seem as particular; I would expect because it has a thicker leaf.


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