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Jul 10, 2014 7:43 PM CST
What does the plant look like during the winter months? I live in north central Florida. Zone 8.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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Jul 10, 2014 9:02 PM CST
Hi Kitty! Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! to ATP! I'm in north central Fl. too & you asked a very good question. I have found references that say they are annuals & some that say they are perennials in zone 10 & semi evergreen there. Here is the company that came out with them & they list them as annuals:

Here's an ATP article about them:

& here's the discussion thread following the article
The thread "Question" in Petchoa - the New Kid in Town

I would like to know the answer to your question as well. It seems rather up in the air as to whether it would be an annual or a tender perennial for us.
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Jul 10, 2014 9:51 PM CST
Kitty, I haven't tried the SuperCal Petchoa yet, but frankly, I'm waiting until the fall to get some because anything related to petunias and calabrichoa has petered out for me in our hot humid summer weather.

If it's going to survive, I think getting it established and growing it in a protected spot through the winter will give it the best chance of being 'perennial' in Florida if that is possible. A sunny southern exposure for the winter, and shade through the middle of the day in summer would be my best guess at a good location for it. If you already have some, I would think trimming them back a bit as you go through the summer, and giving them lighter fertilization through the cooler months might keep them going.

Up there in "cold" northern Florida, you might have to keep it in a big pot and give it some good protection - frost cloth or a cardboard box - on cold nights through the winter, but I'll bet it will bloom through the winter months for you if you do.

The other thing to try if it starts failing on you is starting some cuttings from the healthy parts of the plant. I've had success with some petunia relatives doing that.

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