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Name: woodthrush
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woodthrush
Jul 30, 2010 11:03 AM CST
Does anyone in zone 4/5 grow Cape Blanco. I just bought a little pot at Lowe's and noticed it says hardy to 20 degrees. I thought it would be hardier than that.
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valleylynn
Jul 30, 2010 12:25 PM CST

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Pam, mine has gone as low as 5 F for a short period of time. It is pretty hardy. I'm not sure what your lows are like. Snow cover helps also. We don't get snow but rarely here. Goldfinch, do you grow this plant?
Name: BlueFox
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BlueFox
Jul 30, 2010 12:54 PM CST
I've had okay success with this in zone 4 - I do get good snow cover, but it's variable how well it comes through the winter. In some plantings it dies back completely leaving bare spots, so it isn't really really hardy.
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goldfinch4
Jul 30, 2010 1:19 PM CST

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I'm had pretty much the same results as Jacki. We usually get quite a bit of snow, but the winds kept most of the snow off of it last winter and it didn't do as well.
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Name: BlueFox
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BlueFox
Jul 30, 2010 1:54 PM CST
It is worth trying to keep it happy though, as it's so unique. That heavy 'bloom' (the waxy coating) is a standout. Then when it blooms (with the flowers!) it's very pretty. Mine colours up to a purple pink colour when the cold temperatures arrive in the fall, too.
Name: woodthrush
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woodthrush
Jul 30, 2010 2:49 PM CST
Thanks, everyone. I wonder if I should put it in a pot in the garage. We can be at 0 or less on January nights. We do have plenty of snow cover.
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HollyAnnS
Aug 12, 2010 11:20 AM CST
I just pick up a pot at Lowes the other day, really pretty.
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woodthrush
Aug 12, 2010 11:33 AM CST
Hi Holly
Yep, I picked mine up at Lowe's also. They really have had a great selection of succulents this year.
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valleylynn
Aug 12, 2010 1:15 PM CST

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Cape Blanco is one of my very favorite sedum. Jacki is right, well worth keeping it happy. Just give it really good drainage. Not sure but it might go partially dormant in your part of the country Pam.
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HollyAnnS
Aug 12, 2010 7:24 PM CST
Yes I looked at that 20 degree temp. I'm putting mine in a pot that will come inside to over winter but I was thinking I might divide the pot and plant part of it outside and just see if it would overwinter outside.
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woodthrush
Aug 13, 2010 5:07 AM CST
I'll probably treat mine as an inside container plant. I bought a small 4 plug tray so the plants are small.
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valleylynn
Aug 13, 2010 11:53 AM CST

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I know my Cape Blanco has made it through 10 degree weather here with no snow cover.
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woodthrush
Aug 13, 2010 12:23 PM CST
We often get a week in January where the nights can fall to -10 or a little more.
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valleylynn
Aug 13, 2010 12:31 PM CST

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Oh, that is really cold. What is your growing zone?
Name: woodthrush
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woodthrush
Aug 13, 2010 12:44 PM CST
Zone 4 is for -20 and that's what I usually go by. Most of the maps for this area of PA say 6, but the maps don't take into account the Pocono Mts and other hill top areas. Most plants rated for 5 and 6, just can't survive the winters.

This spring was warmer, but in 09, the spring was so cool, the trees didn't leaf out until the first of June. We had a hard freeze May 22.
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valleylynn
Aug 13, 2010 1:25 PM CST

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It seems most of us have gone through so really big weather changes this year. I know we have here. Starting today we will be in the 90's and next Mon. & Tue. are suppose to be in the 100's. Crying Not looking forward to it. The good side of it is that my tomatoes will start ripening. Thumbs up The silver lining in the clouds. Big Grin
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woodthrush
Aug 13, 2010 1:42 PM CST
I only have two containers of tomatoes. Cherry t's are ok, but Early Girl has such small fruit.
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valleylynn
Aug 13, 2010 1:50 PM CST

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I have 17 heirloom varieties of medium to large tomatoes and 7 different kinds of cherry tomatoes. I will take pictures soon. I got everything planted so late this year. Have tomatoes finally, but they are all green. : (

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