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Black Beauty wilting

 Hi everybody, I need some help understanding how to deal with my black beauties.

I bought these in mid spring and planted them in pots and containers.  Watered them at the start and they started to flourish.

I watered less and they flourished even more.  From here I left them and then after a while I watered while they looked great. 

Right after, a couple of them started wilting.  I watered more and it seemed to get worse despite the soil not being waterlogged.

Now I’m not sure if they are dead or whether I should water more and cut leaves off or what i should do!

Any help appreciated, a pic of one of them is below.


  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    I have never grown Heucheras in containers before but from my experience they prefer moist soils to dry soils. But what about their position? They may have suffered from the excessive heat. Is it in too much sun? That is one factor especially if you have started to give it less water. I would cut it back and give it a good water and move to a totally shady spot and see what happens.
  • The ones in the most shade are happiest but tbh they are all suffering.

    Are the leaves supposed to wilt like that?
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    I grew mine in quite a bit of shade. The leaves did go tatty after flowering and I would cut them back and they soon recovered. Yours look like heat stress. I would water it well and stand the pot in full shade to allow it to recover. Others might have a different opinion. 
  • ZeroZero1ZeroZero1 Posts: 577
    Just a note of sympathy from me, I find these plants difficult to grow. I have one that has found it's spot and seems more or less indestructable ( a lime green one)  but others I have tried have not felt comfortable in their location and have not overwintered. I am not sure if this is soil or location - all get the same sun
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,348
    Heucheras need shade and moist soil - they'll take sun if you can give them reliably moist soil though.
    Cut them back, yes - they will rejuvenate easily, water, and get them in the shade and they'll be fine. How deep is that container, and does it have proper drainage?
    They also sometimes push themselves out of the ground a bit - you can replant them a bit deeper, or add some extra soil/compost round them to alleviate that.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,495
    Might be worth checking the roots too, Heucheras are very vulnerable to vine weevil attack and can go from healthy to poorly in a very short time.
    Tipping them out woll give you chance to check moisture levels too.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,348
    They are indeed B'cupdays. 
    I've just re read the OP's initial post and I think they may have got dried out as they weren't watered for a while, and therefore when watered again, it's just run through....
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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