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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Nov 18, 2016 8:02 AM CST
Despite my better judgment I splurged last winter and ordered a Digiplexis Illumination Flame online. I rarely buy annuals online. But this one was too pretty to resisit. I received a lovely plant. And it thrived in my garden. Except for the most important part.....

IT NEVER BLOOMED!

I would like to try overwintering it. I cannot and will not bring it into the house. But I do want to try overwintering it in my garage. My question is,

1. Do I just stick it in the garage and leave it? Will it go dormant?

2. Or do I need to put it in a window and water it occasionally? I don't have a bright window in there to place it.

Thank you in advance for any thoughts.

Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Nov 18, 2016 12:24 PM CST
Luckily, Digiplexis Illumination Flame is not an annual. And, as you realize, its not hardy in your zone.

Did you plant it in a pot? At least a 3 gallon, maybe even 5 gallon, pot? If your garage doesn't fall too far below freezing, that's a good place to keep it. I'm not sure if this particular Digitalis dies to the grown in winter but it does need a cold period to set next year's blooms.

After its dormant, it won't need a lot of light. Yes, water occasionally.

Next spring-summer, make sure to place it in a spot with plenty of sun, water regularly and fertilize copiously.
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