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By valleylynn
October 30, 2011

Unsure of the cold hardiness of a new plant? Make starts from the new plant, leave some in the garden to overwinter, and keep the others in a protected area during winter (indoors or in a garage).

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 29, 2011 6:50 PM CST
Now this is most excellent advice! Perfect. Thanks Lynn.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Oct 29, 2011 9:06 PM CST
Thank Ann. : )
I did this and found out that Abutilon is hardy in my zone 8. It goes semi dormant here.
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Oct 29, 2011 10:15 PM CST
Sometimes there is a little microclimate happening too. I had a few "Diamond Frost" Euphorbia that is considered an annual in zone 8,. I covered it this last winter and even though we had one of the coldest winters ever, one of them came back!
Lynn, do you do anything special for the newly rooted starts that are in the garden if the weather gets very cold?
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Oct 29, 2011 10:41 PM CST
Actually I don't do any newly rooted cuttings for the fall/winter garden. What ever starts I do I have to bring indoors for the winter. The young starts just wouldn't be tough enough to make it through winter.
My two Abutilon have made it through two winters, this will be their third winter. Before that I was wintering them indoors. I do put the pots on the covered deck, up against the house. I give then an occasion small drink of water through out the winter, not much though. As soon as the weather starts warming up they take off growing.
I would imagine a you could put them in a cold frame if your winters aren't to very cold.
Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
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gingin
Oct 30, 2011 12:52 PM CST
Great tip Thumbs up I'm going to be brave this winter and leave some things that I have more then one of out and see what happens. The spring and fall greenhouse schlep is getting old as each year passes Rolling my eyes.
Each cloud has a silver lineing if only you look for it.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 30, 2011 1:12 PM CST
Boy! Do I hear that Ginger! That's why this is such a great idea. How come we didn't think of it? Duuuuhhhhh Whistling
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
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gingin
Oct 30, 2011 2:24 PM CST
Can't speak for you, Ann, but for me it's a grey moment Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Each cloud has a silver lineing if only you look for it.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 30, 2011 2:37 PM CST
Mine reason is that I'm losing my grey matter & I'm sticking with that. Rolling on the floor laughing
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Oct 30, 2011 3:28 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
It must be the loss of grey matter for me also. I stumbled upon this tip by accident. I forgot to bring the two large potted Abutilon indoors for the winter 2 years ago. Imagine my surprise when I went to clean the pot out to replant and found live stems. Blinking
I pruned it back and slowly started giving it water and set it where it would get morning sun. And this is what it did. Hurray!


I wouldn't try it with an much loved/expensive plant without back up starts, but some times we learn wonderful things about the hardiness of our plants.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 30, 2011 5:53 PM CST
And it's beautiful Lynn! I'm glad you noticed those live stems.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Oct 30, 2011 5:54 PM CST
I had already started pulling on it to get it out of the pot. I can tell you from personal experience that A. 'Bella Pink' is one tough plant. Lovey dubby
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 30, 2011 8:08 PM CST
We love 'em tough. The tougher the better!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Oct 30, 2011 9:10 PM CST
This one made it through two winters and returned for the third spring. DH and friend killed it while painting the house.
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