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Please talk me into buying this Heather? ;)

Posted by tenderheart_zone5 (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 22, 06 at 11:05

Hi, Everyone--

How nice that there's a forum just for this! This is the message I posted at the Cottage forum yesterday. In short, I saw a big pot of pink Heather at a store yesterday and am trying to decide whether to buy it.

I'm in zone 5, Pennsylvania, and have part-shade in my garden. I'm not interested in this one if I'll have to keep it in a container. Thank you for any ideas as to whether this will work and/or any tips on caring for it. I really love this one; I hope it's something that would do well for me here.

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RE: Please talk me into buying this Heather? ;)

Hi Friend! I've just recently discovered the beauty of heathers and have a (large) great spot for them.
Let us know here or CG if you caved-in and bought your PINK heather. Aren't they gorgeous? I can see them floating down my drive and crossing over.

Love pink too,and purple and white and red, georgeanne

RE: Please talk me into buying this Heather? ;)

Please beware, there are gorgeous heather plants that are sold as potted blooming plants to florists and especially mass market floral departments that are not true heathers, Calluna vulgaris they are Erica persoluta and are native to South Africa and are not hardy in most of the USA. They are gorgeous but should be considered as temporary like cut flowers.

In PA you need to be buying heather from a grower who specializes in garden plants such as Rock Spray Nursery in MA or Heaths and Heathers in Washington

$13 is a high price too.

RE: Please talk me into buying this Heather? ;)

Thanks again, geo & buyorsell. :)

RE: Please talk me into buying this Heather? ;)

would like to know if I can plant my Erica Heathers out side and of so in the sun or shade, would like to plant it right a way. thank you.

RE: Please talk me into buying this Heather? ;)

What species of Erica are they? Erica what?

All heaths and heathers prefer full sun. Some potted Ericas are not hardy.

RE: Please talk me into buying this Heather? ;)

I am in zone 5a and have my heathers in full sun. They like acid soils, being planted deep, and being watered when it is too dry. I found out that Ericas will not survive in my garden. All my heathers are Calluna vulgaris, and I usually bought them at Rockspray Nursery in Truro, Mass, also when I was vacationing there on Cape Cod. I have white, bright red and purplish blooming callunas, some with yellow foliage, love them. They are nice companion plants to dwarf conifers.

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