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Lobelia That Lasts

(credit: Phran Novelli)

(credit: Phran Novelli)

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By Phran Novelli

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - My annual lobelia always used to die, how about you?

It seems like I’m not the only person with this problem. Lots of gardeners say they’ve planted those stunning blue lobelias year after year and found they poop out one way or the other. Plant them in shade and they refuse to bloom; put them in full sun and they’d fry and die. You’d have a big beautiful basket of blue lobelia and come home one day to find a browned bowl of straw. It was so disappointing that for years I just skipped buying annual lobelia.

But this year, I was lured by a plant tag on one called ‘Techno Heat Light Blue’ which promised they didn’t need deadheading and could take the heat, so I bought two little pots and planted them in May. Mine are in part shade but get plenty of strong afternoon sun, and even after our recent baking heat wave, I’m happy to say that these lobelia are going strong and appear to be here to stay. So far.

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