POTENTILLA QUESTION AND ANSWER
Article by DavidMarks
Our main Potentilla article can be found
here. But sometimes our readers askspecific questions which are not covered in the main article. This page liststheir comments, questions and answers. At the end of this page there is also a formfor you to submit any new question or comment you have.
COMMENTS / QUESTIONS LEFT BY OUR READERS
|Date: 5 June 2020
|From: Claire B
|QUESTION: My potentilla is about 175cm ht x 200cm with for the first time ever this year only a few leaves andbuds have appeared then they shriveled up in the heat. Can I save it? Can shoots even regrow on hard wood if u need to cut it back? Wenever have cut it back much because it was doing so well every previous year.
ANSWER: Potentillas can be hard pruned down to almost ground level and they will regrow. They have a life span of 15 to20 years.
I would prune it back by about a third and hopefully it will recover well.
|Date: 4 August 2018
|QUESTION: Is this variety suitable for a small hedge?
ANSWER: Yes potentillas make ideal low hedges. Prune to shape in mid September when flowering hasfinished.
|Date: 9 July 2017
|From: Pauline N
|QUESTION: Should I dead head the flowers now some appear to have faded to promote new ones orleave these alone?
ANSWER: If you have the time to dead head the fading flowers it will encourage more but Potentillaswill flower all summer by themselves.
|Date: 4 July 2017
|QUESTION: My peach potentilla has changed to yellow flowers – is this possible?!It’s been a lovely peach since I planted it about ten years ago but I’m wondering if it’s the hot sun causing it to change.
ANSWER: Yes, strong, prolonged sunshine can cause the flower colour to fade. It should recover to thenormal colour next year.
|Date: 8 March 2017
|QUESTION: I have a few of the larger potentillas yellow 4-5ft that I planted 5-7 yearsago.
I’ve successfully divided the plant but some look really scruffy. What’s the best way of getting rid of the twiggy bits
to stimulate the green young shoots? Is it safe to cut to a foot off the ground in September?
ANSWER: That would be fine. However, if they are unlikely to flower much this year,I would prune them back now and give them a head start for next year.
|Date: 27 July 2016
|From: Not Given
|QUESTION: I’ve recently 6weeks ago ish, planted some pink ‘Princess’ potentilla, the flowers were pink when I put them in but they are now opening white. Why?
ANSWER: The potentilla variety Princess naturally fades asit ages. Strong sun canalso cause the petals to be bleached.
|Date: 7 July 2016
|From: John D
|QUESTION: First paragraph should use ‘lose’ not 'loose'.
ANSWER: Thanks for pointing that out. It all helps to improve the quality of the article.
|Date: 03 February 2016
|From: Tony S
|COMMENT: Clear straightforward and useful advice. Splendid.