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Planted a few purple heucheras a few months ago and they looked lovely. However 1 of them just completely died and now another looking the same. Just totally wilted and flat. Still have a few more which look fine at moment. Will the wilted one come back in Spring? Thanks


  • LynLyn Posts: 22,852
    Could be vine weevil grubs,  they eat the roots away and the plants just wilt.  If you can just pick the plant off easily with no pulling then you’ll know it’s them. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Hi Lyn thanks for reply. Someone else suggested vine weevil - just checked the 2 spare heucheras and no sign of vine weevil. Think I will pot these 2 on over winter and if necessary will replant them to replace any that don't recover. 
  • Don't know where you live of course,but I find they prefer semi shade,and we have had very little rain for some time
  • didywdidyw Posts: 3,190
    It could be just the fag end of the season - and it has been so dry lately and if they have been flowering all summer, as mine have, they will have used up a lot of energy and will be a bit worn out, like someone who has been up all night partying.  I'm sure they will recover and personally I would leave them in the ground as they are more likely to attract vine weevil in a pot. Give them some water though if you decide to leave them where they are.
    Gardening in East Suffolk on dry sandy soil.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924
    They do look rough later on, especially if they're too dry.
    It's the roots that are affected by the weevil larvae,  rather than foliage, hence @Lyn's post. Did you check those? 
    If its clear, it's likely to just be dehydration. If you pot them up, keep them in a shady spot, and don't let them get too dry. Cut them back as well. They'll produce more new growth, even at this time of year.  :)
    I'd agree that they're more vulnerable to weevils in pots though - so just double check they're clear. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Thanks everyone for replies. Have tidied up the problem heuchera for now and hopefully it will recover. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924
    If you have a photo @Stormin, that might help us to determine if it's something else.
    Should have said that yesterday before you cut it back....d'oh!  :s
    Hopefully it'll be fine though. Let is know how you get on. They're easy to propagate though  :)
    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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