Egyptian Pattern Plant In Winter - Knowledgebase Question

Louisville, KY
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Question by psadnil
July 25, 2002
I just purchased an egyptian pattern plant and would like some suggestions on keeping it through the winter so it will bloom again next summer?

Answer from NGA
July 25, 2002
Acanthus mollis is considered cold hardy to zone 7, meaning roughly between zero and ten degrees. Depending on your microclimate, it may be hardy for you. I would suggest watering it as needed to supplement rainfall and keep the soil evenly moist but not overly wet throughout the fall; this should help it become well established by winter. In late fall after some hard freezes have occurred, place a generous layer of mulch over the root zone but not over top of the plant. This should help insulate the roots during the coldest weather. Enjoy your Grecian pattern plant!

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