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I was only showing off a few months ago regarding my lovely HEUCHERELLA REDSTONE FALLS just saying how beautiful it looked……whithin a week it was as dead as a dodo!!, my fault really, I noticed a slight wilt, but, thought it was too dry….so OH watered and fed it!! too late!! the dreaded VWs had eaten the roots away……….even though it had been treated!!
This happened last year to one of my favourite Heucherella Berry Fizz and in the same container!! which got me thinking…….obviously the treatment only goes down so far, and if the little devils are further down the pot, well you understand…
So we are hoping third time lucky, OH has popped in another pot inside the the large container, so do your worst……

Last years arrangement, and my favourite combo..BERRY FIZZ.

This years with REDSTONE FALLS..

And this years arrangement with HEUCHERELLA SOLAR POWER the edge of the inside flower pot will gradually disappear from view as the plant grows……so will this be third time lucky? we shall see……so my friends BEWARE because this could happen to YOU!! (spooky VW voice)

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If you can catch them in time you can get cuttings off them,

5 Nov, 2015

 

That's a really good cautionary tale DD! It's so sad when you lose beautiful plants like those two top ones. The new one will be beautiful too in a little while. This is why I try to get mine in to the ground as much as possible. But they are such fantastic container plants aren't they. I loved it when I had them all around the water feature at my last house. It gave me colour all winter from the conservatory.....sigh. My metal plant stands are empty now. I can't decide what to do with them. Perhaps I'll plant them up with ferns and put them at the back.....maybe. I miss that water feature. :(

5 Nov, 2015

amy
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OH what a shame Angela your Redstone Falls looked stunning , fingers crossed for 3rd time lucky !!

5 Nov, 2015

 

those little perishers, must treat mine again. Do they not get vine weevil in the ground? I have my Redstone Falls in a hanging basket it does not look as good as yours did but am hoping for an improvement next year.

5 Nov, 2015

 

I wonder if they would grow here on Long Island, NY. I really love Berry Fizz.

5 Nov, 2015

 

Not as often Mum. You'll still get them, but they seem to prefer pots for some reason. I wonder if it's because the compost is drier and easier to dig in to lay their eggs than garden soil.

5 Nov, 2015

 

Bathgate I cannot see why not?
Lizziebee it was too late for Berry Fizz...luckily OH had taken cuttings of Redstone Falls earlier on in the summer...

Karen I must admit yours looked so beautiful around your water feature, I can understand you missing it......but you have a lovely large garden with a pond to take its place...
Olive we have had them in the garden, they can eat all manner of plants now....far more than was first realised, but Heucheras are their favourite food....
Thanks Amy, I hope so too....

5 Nov, 2015

 

Oh dear,such a shame,Angela.they were so pretty....One of mine got eaten when it was in my Chimney pot,4ft off the Ground,but they still got in! All are fine in the Ground,but I have risked another one in the pot,but have put a piece of doubled up J cloth in the bottom,with some small pieces of an old terracotta pot,to hold it down.. let's see if that works..I also renewed the Compost...I presume they get in through the drainage holes? Unless they fly,or crawl up the outsides..no idea,really ...

5 Nov, 2015

 

Heucheras are beautiful. I'm sorry you lost some to those vine weevils. I hope this one survives.
I like the pot too :o)

5 Nov, 2015

 

Bloomer, they seem to crawl rather than fly. I saw one crawling up my kitchen wall one year...yuck! That was in my last house and after a good-ish summer. I haven't seen one since we moved here. It's so mild, there are still lots of insects in the air. I swallowed two on my walk today! bleugh!

5 Nov, 2015

 

...insects, not vine weevils! lol!

5 Nov, 2015

 

I remember you doing a blog Karen a couple of years ago about the dreaded vine weevil, I got them too in a couple of pots but managed to split them up and plant in the ground and been fine since.

5 Nov, 2015

 

yes, that's right! I did...wasn't that why I split one of mine up and managed to get about 25 plants from it? I think it was....I hate those weevils though! We are sitting here listening to explosions going off all around us, but Willow is sound asleep thank goodness. She is such a nervy dog, I was a bit concerned for her. I don't know where all these bangs are coming from, the sound must be echoing a long distance with the hills and the fog.

5 Nov, 2015

 

By the way Angela, I also think that Roses do deteriorate but it's because of mildew and blackspot more than anything...and slugs eat delphiniums etc.etc. (that's another comment about your blog of course, not this pic) x Gardens are ever-changing....even when you 'don't' move your plants around every year! lol!

5 Nov, 2015

 

I'm so glad you added the second comment,Karen ! Yuck indeed..Oh well,back to the ground,I think..I've only ever seen the white grubs,when I've emptied a pot,and not very often,thank goodness..Thanks anyway..I think :o)

5 Nov, 2015

 

Always an anxious night both for pets and owners......I'm not a great fan of fireworks......Last weekend we were bombarded with music from a rave taking place 15 miles away......You could have mistaken it coming from much nearer it was so loud.
Your Heucheras have always prospered so well,K......the only one that is successful here is the very dark one.

5 Nov, 2015

 

Just stopping by to add a word of sympathy Karen.

5 Nov, 2015

 

So sorry to hear about VWs in your pots. They apparently crawl, usually up the drainage holes. Somewhere, was told the solution was to put your pot on a little 'plinth' in a larger 'sauce/tray' filled with water. The little blighters cannot swim. Have not had any problem with the pots to which I have done this.

5 Nov, 2015

 

Great tip Siris, thank you! :)

5 Nov, 2015

 

I have redstone falls, too, DD2......but mine is in the ground! I have put a few Heucheras in the ground when planting my new garden this year but I am now learning what a wet garden it is and just hope they survive the winter.
Your one looks gorgeous trailing down the tall pot shame about the vine weevils....little devils!

6 Nov, 2015

 

Fingers xx for you Dd, I have to keep my Heucheras in pots as they always die off in the garden, I have not lost any in the past few years but always keep a wary eye on them after reading the blogs about others losing their plants, thinking about comment from Siris has made me wonder as I have most of mine in a triple tier pot that I bought online a few years back, the base of that is a huge saucer which does collect the water....

6 Nov, 2015

 

The Redstone Falls heuchera is a beauty isn't it?

Hope you have scuppered the plans of the little beasts and that your new plants will thrive!

6 Nov, 2015

 

Lincslass, keep the 'saucer ' filled with water, but the base of the plant pot elevated, you don't want the plant to rot thro' sitting in water. I put a 'wick' up the drainage hole, so the plant can take up water.

6 Nov, 2015

 

Siris will give that a go, do you not have trouble with the VWs?
Wild rose it has been dosed.....
Lincs this new treatment is not as effective as our old, it must be weaker, the trouble is we have so many pots, roughly a 100 plus, some get missed, which cannot be helped, and thats when they strike.....
Paul Redstone was made for pots, especially tall ones!! we have a problem with wet most winters, and lose several plants, despite adding gravel etc.....
Bloomer you are lucky not to have seen many, we have trouble every year, either with lilies, succulents or Heuchera..... a full time job, trying to keep on top of a hundred plus pots lol
Howel it is the perfect pot for a trailing plant, glad you like it, I do wonder if it comes with the compost? you can stop them climbing through the drainage holes, but not from climbing up the pot.......we have had them in the house, had several climbing up the walls in the conservatory, so we had to treat every pot, because we didn't know which one had the grubs in....like you we have lots of pots!!

6 Nov, 2015

 

Thanks Siris, its okay though, each pot clips onto a lip which keeps the whole thing together, the bottom one is slightly elevated so not standing in water the whole time...

6 Nov, 2015

 

I've found them in my kitchen a few times, it gives me great pleasure to despatch them.
Your Redstone looked a treat in the tall pot, hope the double pot idea works out well.
Thank goodness they can't fly!
This is useful to know:

In the past, their favourite food was fuchsias, cyclamen, begonias and primulas. But in recent years they have become less fussy and will make a meal of a much wider range of plants - especially any that are growing in containers. This is possibly due to the use of peat-based and peat-free composts - being less gritty than John Innes composts, the adults are more likely to lay their eggs in them. Add a 2cm (0.75in) deep layer of sharp grit or gritty gravel on top of the compost or around the base of the plant to prevent the adults from laying eggs; the egg-laying structure is irritated by the scratchy feel.

10 Nov, 2015

 

Thank goodness indeed GF.....I had read only recently that VWs were eating a lot more more plants, we tend to put grit around most of our containers now....there is always something isn't there?

10 Nov, 2015

 

Too true, Dd.
I suppose adding grit to regular compost wouldn't be a bad idea for a start, most things in pots would benefit from freer drainage.

10 Nov, 2015

 

We normally use John Innes number ?....... for the plants that are in long term, the soil based one.

10 Nov, 2015

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