Perennials forum: Majorly Damaged Euphorbia Ascot's Rainbow and Blackbird

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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Apr 1, 2014 12:30 PM CST
This winter was so brutal on my Euphorbia Ascot's Rainbow and Blackbird. The year before was pretty mild and the plants came thru looking just slightly beat up. I trimmed a tiny bit here and there but mostly left them intact. But this year they are majorly brown and crunchy! All three were buried in the snow until just recently. I know both are slightly outside my zone 6. So maybe I just have to write them off. But the stems do seem to have some green in them near the base.

Does anyone know if I can prune them back hard and they will live? (I know I CAN prune them back hard....just worried they will REALLY be dead then Rolling on the floor laughing )
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Apr 1, 2014 12:55 PM CST
I would prune them back hard. Try scratching around the crown of the plant and see if you spot any sign of new growth. It should be present now, or soon in your zone. Mine always get cut back to the crown and always grow beautifully. Since you have doubts about them I don't think you can hurt them by pruning away last year's stems.
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Celene
Apr 1, 2014 8:51 PM CST
I would prune them back hard as well. I find that if I don't prune mine, they're never very shapely for the rest of the year. Same thing for E. myrsinites. Wear gloves, some euphorbs have latex that irritates the skin in some people. I am not one of them, I just don't like the sticky goop all over me.
Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Apr 2, 2014 11:12 AM CST
Well, the more reading I've been doing my Euphorbias should be ok. Most places rate them down to Zone 5. Perhaps I just won't see new growth until it warms up. It is unseasonably cold here, even for April.
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Apr 2, 2014 11:16 AM CST
I'll go check mine right now.
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pirl
Apr 2, 2014 1:35 PM CST
They're so tiny right now - maybe 1/4" to 1/2". New growth is red.

When I download the photos I'll add one to this thread.
Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Apr 2, 2014 1:40 PM CST
I check my gardens every day. I will keep an eye out.
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Apr 2, 2014 2:07 PM CST
Be prepared for the worst photo you've seen today!
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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Apr 2, 2014 2:11 PM CST
So Arlene, do you cut yours back in the fall?
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Apr 2, 2014 2:13 PM CST
I do. Sometimes I may miss one or two but then I get them in the spring.
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Apr 4, 2014 5:46 AM CST
Great information, I am planing on adding more of these. They are so beautiful!
Susan

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Apr 13, 2014 9:59 AM CST
pirl said:I do. Sometimes I may miss one or two but then I get them in the spring.


I'm afraid my 'Blackbird' didn't make it. I think maybe too much water and not enough sun. We'll see. I might see it yet but I don't think so.
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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Apr 13, 2014 10:02 AM CST
Sorry! I hate losing plants I love (but plants I could happily live without, such as Lamium, grow so well).
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SongofJoy
Apr 13, 2014 10:50 AM CST
Well, isn't that the truth. It's a Murphy's Law truism, I think. I have Euphorbia polychroma planted right next to the E. 'Blackbird' and it is doing just fine. It's green and doesn't look like it was bothered a bit by the winter weather.
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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Apr 13, 2014 11:58 AM CST
Tee, sorry to hear about your Black Bird. Mine looks dead too. But one of my Ascot's Rainbow is alive and the second one is probably too. So better than I expected.

My mom has trouble growing lamium! I just gave her more to try again. I sure have plenty
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Apr 13, 2014 12:06 PM CST
Thanks, Jennifer.

I also have 'Tasmanian Tiger' not looking too good and I'm hoping that one survives.

This is 'Tasmanian Tiger' with the E. polychroma and you can just see a bit of the 'Blackbird' to the left.

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pirl
Apr 13, 2014 1:10 PM CST
Your Tasmanian Tiger is so gorgeous!
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Apr 13, 2014 1:15 PM CST
Thanks, pirl. I sure would hate it if I lost that one. It's one of my favorites.
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Name: Evan
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eclayne
Apr 21, 2014 12:46 PM CST

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I lost most of my Ascot Rainbow winter 2012/13 but it came back gangbusters. It didn't quite reach it's previous size but it did well.
Evan

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