Is eremurus high or low water?

C.J. Teevan
Sun, 24 Sep 2006 03:23:05 PDT
I have been trying to learn Eremurus in my Long Island, N.Y. garden.  Heavy clay amended with lots of sand and humus with zero watering during the summer, during which they went dormant.  First year after the autumn planting, the 6 I planted bloomed spectacularly - I had only seen pictures until then.  Enormous, tall yellow spikes at the rear of the garden.  Trouble is, a large maple tree at the rear of the property keeps that section in light shade until perhaps 11 am during the summer, then there's full sun until 7 pm or so and then the low sun is obstructed by tall hemlocks at the front.  I am assuming this is the reason my Eremurus did not bloom a second year, and that the half that failed to emerge at all during the spring may have succumbed to cold Zone 7 winter moisture and rotted.  Live and learn.  Your confirmation of this situation would be appreciated.  I don't know where I can move these to this year and I understand you are not supposed to move them unless

"JamieV." <> wrote:  N Sterman schrieb:
> I've been researching Eremurus but can't seem to find much on its 
> irrigation requirement. Is this a low water or regular water bulb?
> Nan
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I grow Eremurus in relatively sandy clay on a slope, as they are from 
the Steppes and desert areas of the orient, meaning a prolonged dry 
period and no chance of standing in water. I have lost a few over the 
years due to heavy Winter rain, which they do not appreciate at all! 
Simply rotted at the crown.

One very inpressive bed I saw in England was a combination of roses with 
Eremurus bungeii and E. robustus hybrids. The theory was, the roses 
take up moisture so fast, that the Eremurus can't get overwatered. They 
require as much sun as possible to increase. Be carefull as the spikes 
emerge. They are prone to rot in wet conditions, such as prolonged rain 
or overhead watering.

Jamie V.
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