poorly Heuchera? Rust?

This question was asked by
Jenny M

I have a poorly Heuchera – it was not bought from you which is probably why it is infected with what I think is rust. The plant has pustules on the underside of its leaves, leaves are curling up and dying. How should I deal with this infection to avoid it spreading to other heucheras?
I have ordered two new heucheras from you and these will be planted in a shady part of the garden, away from the infected plant. It is this acceptable? Should I destroy the infected plant altogether?
Best wishes

Hi Jenny 

Yes it sounds just like rust.

you can trow away or treat it.

To treat it.

Don’t touch if wet 

Try to keep away from others if you can until it’s better 

Chop all foliage completely off! 

Do not compost pop in plastic bag and pop into the rubbish bin or burn.

It is very infectious to other Heuchera nothing else!

Then scoop soil from around affected plant and Do the same as for the foliage, pop in bag for the rubbish. 

Wash hands and scissors with anti bacterial gel.

Then spray with rose clear for black spot.

This will prevent it coming back but doesn’t kill the rust ..hence you have to chop all foliage off!

Keep an eye open for it coming back (always with dry hands ) wet spreads it faster.) If it comes back and it often does, chop those leave off too! 

Spray every week for a month the once it’s stopped coming spray once a month for a while.

May, June, Sept and Oct are the worst months. So you can spray at these times to help if you wanted to.

I hope this helps 

Kind Regards Vicky  

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RE: what size pots are your plants in please ?

This question was asked by
Sue W

Please can you tell me how big the plants are you supply.
Looking forward to buying some, but not sure how many I will need to make a feature in a large trough.
Thanks for your help.

Hi Sue
They are in 1 litre pots which perfect for planting straight into containers or the garden
Kind regards vicky

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After Vine weevil attack can I reuse the old compost ?

This question was asked by
Rosaleen C

Can I reuse the compost in a container after weevil grubs had attacked the previous tiarellas?

I poured two full kettles of boiling water into the container – several grubs came to the surface!

It is now nearly 2 months since I rescued the plants, having left them exposed for at least 24 hours, dousing them well in running water before repotting them. They are thriving indoors at present but I would like to return them to their container – without having to change the compost!

Is this possible, if I use nematodes?

Thanking you for your advice.

PS. The other 6 heuchera I purchased from you in March last year are thriving.

Hi Rosaleen
Yes that should be no problems
Really pleased you managed to rescue them
Nematode when the weather is warmer.
The Nematodes don’t survive in soil temperatures below 6C
We do June to October
Always keep an eye open for the pesky VW
Pleased your others from us are doing well 😀
Happy Heuchering
Kind Regards Vicky

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Heuchera top pulled off

This question was asked by
Jane A

Two questions!
I\’ve just been tidying my Heuchera Paris and a couple of them just lifted straight out of the soil and did not seem to have many roots. I\’ve replanted them, but wondered is there anything I can do to encourage the roots to grow? They\’ve been in since 2020 I think. My older ones have started to grow \”upwards\” – do I need to buy new ones or do you just replant them deeper?

Hi Jane
The 2 that have lifted out will have had vine weevil .
Which could still be in the plant so just check there isn’t a little white grub in the roots .
If there is just feed to the robin or dispatch.
Throw the compost away and plant in fresh they can have baby ones in there that you can’t see yet! (Don’t add to composting bin!)
Then they should grow back ok again

The older ones you can replant deeper (don’t bury the crown the bit where the leaves are growing from ) ..if they don’t do well then it’s time to get new ones

Hope this helps
Kind regards

Vicky and Richard Fox

I have just found that I have a pot of lovely heucheras which are being eaten by vine weevil grubs .

This question was asked by
Julie M

I bought several Heuchera from you at Chatsworth Show.
They have vine weevil grubs and some other very fine white worm things in the compost.
I have taken the plants from their pot, soaked them in water overnight – which has left the grubs floating in the water.
I have got rid of the compost also. Can the plants be saved???? Thanks Julie

Hi Julie
That’s so annoying, isn’t it?
Just check that there are no vine weevil grubs in the roots
Sometimes, they burrow in and stay there.
Just to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Soaking in water is a good idea as they don’t like it.
They will be fine to replant and should grow healthy again.
Make sure you wash the pot out, too, as well as replacing the compost.
They should be beautiful again as long as you get all the vine weevil.
We check all our at this time of year and do just what you have done
Hope that helps
Kind Regards Vicky

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