Plant Database forum: And Yet Another Question - Life Cycles

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Name: Monica
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krancmm
May 16, 2012 6:48 PM CST
As I was proposing changes to Supertunia Pretty Much Picasso, there was only one choice allowed for life cycle. Although I left it as "Annual", it's not a true annual, rather a tender perennial grown as an annual in cold zones. Proven Winners lists it as 10A hardy, and as petunias are a winter grower in zone 9 I suspect it could be easily overwintered in Zones 9-11.

How would one show that? Should I have listed it as a perennial, zones 9-11 with Use: Can be used as Annual. Or would that confuse people who think Petunias are true annuals? Or is there a possibility for an "Other" Life Cycle category?

Sorry to keep asking all these questions *Blush*

Monica

Monica
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
May 16, 2012 7:17 PM CST

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krancmm said:How would one show that? Should I have listed it as a perennial, zones 9-11 with Use: Can be used as Annual.

Hi Monica,
I've used this quite a bit for tropicals which are suitable as an annual up north.
Evan
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
May 16, 2012 7:19 PM CST
Me, too.

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
May 16, 2012 9:48 PM CST
Questions are good Monica. I just learned something new from reading your question.
Keep asking them. : )
Name: Monica
Texas Gulf Coast (Zone 9b)
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krancmm
May 16, 2012 10:29 PM CST
Thanks - will follow Karen and Evan's suggestion. Boy, will there be a lot of suprised people when they discover that Capsicum annuum isn't.

Lynn, I really do have some answers, but they never seem to match the questions I have Big Grin

Monica
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
May 16, 2012 11:39 PM CST
Hilarious!
Name: woofie
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woofie
May 17, 2012 11:59 AM CST
Hey, I know petunias aren't really "annuals." I had a pot of petunias on my back porch that lived (and totally took over one window) for not quite 4 years!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
May 17, 2012 12:00 PM CST
Wow. Blinking
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
May 17, 2012 1:50 PM CST
Yup. Have a pic, too. It was a real pain getting all the dead foliage out of those mini blinds, too. They finally died out sometime early spring of the 4th year. They were just leftovers from some of Wal-Mart's finest $1.25 pony packs. Hilarious!

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Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
May 17, 2012 3:04 PM CST
Wow, I will have to give that a try this winter. Do you have pest problems with them indoors?
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
May 17, 2012 7:31 PM CST
Well, if you have a problem with aphids, yes. At least I think it was aphids...things got a bit sticky. Oddly enough, tho, it wasn't much of a problem with these guys. I mean, they didn't seem bothered much. And I kept a Pirouette Red going for 2 years without doing much to encourage it. So yeah, life cycles are kind of interesting. And variable.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.

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