Perennials forum: Lofos Lophospermum question

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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Dec 12, 2015 4:41 PM CST
It had been growing beautifully, then through my own neglect it looked terrible so I cut it back completely. It's been indoors since mid November and has bounced back very well.

My question is: do I stop watering and allow it to go dormant or can it continue to grow on a very sunny indoor porch that is unheated?


Thanks for any help.

Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Dec 12, 2015 4:44 PM CST
I can't say for sure. I cut mine back and stuck it in the pump room where I store my dahlias. No idea if it will work or not.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Dec 12, 2015 4:59 PM CST
I've read they form tubers and should be stored like dahlias. Maybe I'll find out the hard way that I should let them go dormant.

Good luck, Jennifer.
Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Dec 28, 2015 3:45 PM CST
Arlene, how is your Lofos doing? I didn't recognize the name of the plant, and just realized I know it as asarina. I grew a different cultivar, but did bring one in for winter a few years ago. It was happy and grew surprisingly well indoors and even bloomed sporadically. When moved back outside the next spring it took right off.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
Dec 28, 2015 3:54 PM CST
I'm so glad you spotted the thread, Neal, and twice as happy to hear of your report. Thank you. Mine is still doing quite well on the porch. Did you cut yours back at all as you waited for spring? I'm tempted to give it a haircut.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Dec 28, 2015 4:47 PM CST
The plants that came in for winter were growing up the stems of a brugmansia, which I kept somewhat dry in winter, and the leaves started drying and falling which lead to my cutting it back. That was probably about this time of year when I cut it back. After that it came right back, so I don't think giving it a haircut will hurt a bit.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
Dec 28, 2015 7:00 PM CST
I figured a hair cut couldn't hurt it and would probably make it even more lush.

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