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Tropicals That Keep Blooming

By dyzzypyxxy
May 23, 2014

There are so many gorgeous tropical bulbs and rhizomatous plants, it's hard to choose. I have moved away from the one-time bloomers to those that continue blooming through the warm weather.

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crittergarden
May 23, 2014 5:38 AM CST
Perfect timing for me!
I'm just getting started with things I will want to winter in the basement.
You've greatly simplified my choices!
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Name: Kristi
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pod
May 23, 2014 5:46 AM CST
Overwintering in the basement made me chuckle. Sorry, I do understand. My greenhouse is FULL every winter and here I am wondering how many of these beauties will overwinter in my zone. I should have never read this!!! Hilarious! Lovey dubby Hilarious!

Thanks much for the delightful article...
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crittergarden
May 23, 2014 5:59 AM CST
Hey - a Yankee's gotta do what a Yankee's gotta do! Hilarious!
Greenhouse is in the plan, but YEARS in the future!
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
May 23, 2014 9:02 AM CST
Kristi, most of them should overwinter in your area with a deep layer of mulch on top, I would think.

I'd be inclined to plant tender tropicals on the south side of your house if possible, though, to give them the longest season of bloom you can. Shade in the middle of the day through the hottest weather doesn't hurt, either. (it often clouds over here in the afternoons through summer)

At our house in Utah (zone 6 at best) the south side was at least a zone warmer than the rest of the yard.
Elaine

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