Texas Gardening forum: Over achiever?

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Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
Tropicals Adeniums Plant Identifier
Jul 13, 2014 12:39 PM CST
So, like many (I'm guessing...), I have a problem with throwing out "old" bedding plants.

Before I begin, I'm in Houston. H-O-T!! Last fall, I planted some cyclamen in a small bed by our front door. Gradually, as late winter/early spring hit and we warmed up, most of them died and/or went dormant. I dug those and saved the tubers. I have two left, however, that just keep plugging along. One is only flowering just a little anymore, but is still pretty leafy. This one, however, apparently doesn't realize that it's a cool weather plant - it's still flowering like a fool! Anyone else ever have them hang on so long like this? I've redone the bed a couple of times since originally planting them, I just keep working around them since their staying so happy.
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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
Plumerias Ponds Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level
Jul 13, 2014 1:05 PM CST
Hi Carter. I'm just up the street from you! Mine went dormant and stayed that way. Keeping it in 77ยบ coolness of A/C indoors til September(?). There isn't an inch of cool-anything in my yard! Then I hope it will come back. But I won't toss it out!
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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Texas Clematis Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Jul 15, 2014 9:43 PM CST
That is amazing! Is it in a micro climate or did you use a different amendment?
I was surprised to see my corn flowers are still blooming and even have new buds. Usually all completely dried by now
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Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
Tropicals Adeniums Plant Identifier
Jul 15, 2014 9:52 PM CST
Not. Really a microclimate, I don't think, and it's just regular basic garden soil. It gets about half day sun, maybe slightly less. Nothing special at all - except that it's still alive and blooming!

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