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Sorry looking good heuchea

Amy 3Amy 3 Posts: 13

i am not sure how I should rejuvinate my Palace Purple Heuchera. I would normally divide it but it is not what I would call a clump as it has quite woody stalks. I am not sure if you can see what I mean from the attached picture.

problem 2 is its sister plant which I noticed today has been attacked by vine weevils, they have eaten all its roots leaving behind a 1 inch stub, do you think If I repotted it that it would sprout new roots? I would hate to lose them as the year before last they were smothered in flowers and bees.




  • Amy 3Amy 3 Posts: 13

    Sorry for the title, my ipad's autocorrect thought it was better than the 'sorry looking Heuchera' I had typed

  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    Why are there no leaves left on it? Did it dry out or get really frosted? If not then give the stem a tug to check the roots. If it is loose or comes away then check for vine weevil grubs. They do re-root well in spring.

  • Amy 3Amy 3 Posts: 13

    It has always lost its leaves in the winter. And there is no movement at the roots.


  • LynLyn Posts: 23,090

    I would tip it right out of the pot and check  for vine weevil, repot in new soil, its a very small pot for those plants, I prefer them in the open ground. Being a clay pot it could have dried right out last year.

    Mine have leaves on all the year, not so many in winter, but plenty just the same.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,165

    Mine have leaves on in winter too.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,743

    I've given up with Heucheras because of vine weevil. If it's vine weevil, a gentle tug of the top growth should bring it free, if it still holds, you might be in luck.

  • LynLyn Posts: 23,090

    I would still have the lot out anyway.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Amy 3Amy 3 Posts: 13

    Thankyou for the advice, will give it a go and fingers crossed they will recover well.

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