Can I Put Lenten Roses In Lots Of Sunlight?

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Q: I’ve got a spot that gets direct sun from10:30 am until 3:30 pm. Assuming I have a properly prepared bed with mulch and irrigation, would Lenten rose be able to thrive there? 

A: Whether a plant will die, sulk or thrive in a spot depends on several environmental factors that depend on each other. Drainage, light level, pH, temperature and other factors interplay. A hosta that’s planted haphazardly in heavy clay and dense shade might just barely hang on. But if the bed is well-prepared and properly irrigated it might thrive. In your hypothetical situation, given what I’ve observed about Lenten rose habitat, I think most varieties of Lenten rose could grow well, even in five hours of hot sunshine.

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