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Sep 18, 2013 11:39 AM CST
M plant has turned brown. What are the chance for it to come back? It gas done well over the summer, please help me. Thanks. Joan
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Sep 18, 2013 11:59 AM CST
Hi Joan -- It probably won't come back if it is totally brown. It would help to know your location or growing zone?

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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Sep 18, 2013 12:00 PM CST
This is the plant?

Lady of the Night (Brunfelsia gigantea)

Maybe it got too much sun. One site said "Part Shade to Shade", but another site said it could take some sun.

Maybe it got too cold - it seems to be a heat-loving shrub.

Did its growing location just get brighter or colder as the sun moved with the season?

Where do you live, or rather, what is your local climate like?

Is it in a container? Is it root-bound?

I don't know that particular plant, but I would guess that if almost all of it turned brown (like, dead-brown, necrotic), it's too late for anything except maybe trying to take a cutting, or see if it will come back from roots. On the other hand, it is a shrub, so I don't know if it can die back to the wood and still return. Perhaps next spring.

If just a few leaves turned brown, trim them off and carry on after correcting whatever condition caused the problem.

Can you take a photo and post it? And provide more details?

@wcgypsy contributed a photo, so maybe she has grown it.
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Sep 18, 2013 12:21 PM CST
Mine has been kept in a pot in part shade and is doing fine. We're going to be moving, most likely to Crescent City and I just checked a day or so ago and it looks like it will do just fine, there...but then that area is rather a 'Banana Belt'...and I don't know what your zone is....I've been giving tons of plants away, but that's one that will definitely 'go with'...
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Sep 18, 2013 1:01 PM CST
I've found they tend to sucker a lot so can produce lots of new growth at the base of the plant and new plants. But if the conditions are such that the plant is totally dead, it just isn't going to come back. Especially if the zone is not right for it. If you are in a colder than recommended zone, they can be overwintered inside.
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Sep 19, 2013 9:25 AM CST
Thank you all for your interest. I live In Maryland. Our season has changed and the temp has dropped. I think it couldn't take the change. I will be more careful next time. Thank you all again .
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Sep 19, 2013 9:33 AM CST
You're welcome. I think you are probably right. Next time you will most likely succeed. Thanks for posting.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Sep 19, 2013 1:34 PM CST
I appreciate your posting the feedback. if it can't take early September in Zone 6 or 7, it sure must be tender!

One site claimed it was winter-hardy as low as 10 degrees F, but maybe that's after a gradual cool-down and going dormant. Did you have a fast drop in temperatures or a cold snap?
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Sep 19, 2013 1:45 PM CST
I grew it in CA - no colder than about zone 8. Smiling

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

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