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Prince George, BC. Canada (Zone 4a)
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Airborne1888
Jul 23, 2017 10:11 AM CST
Can you propagate new plants from cuttings or is there another way. How much frost will they tolerate? Thanks.
Wally Neufeld
Prince George, BC
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Jul 23, 2017 11:29 AM CST
Wally - I've had 'Black and Blue' as a pot plant for a few years. It's only hardy to zone 7 or 8 so I do bring mine in every fall. In the early spring, I generally divide the roots to make more plants. Once the divisions have put on a little growth, I can plant them in the ground (if I want) but those won't survive our winters here. I always maintain a few potted plants though to bring indoors.
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Prince George, BC. Canada (Zone 4a)
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Airborne1888
Jul 24, 2017 8:22 AM CST
Thanks. We have an unseated garage where the temperature does not go below 40 F in the winter. Do you cut them back, water them or anything else to keep them going? Should they be treated like dahlia tubers?
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Jul 24, 2017 10:32 AM CST
I never thought about treating them like dahlia tubers even though they sometimes develop a tuber-like root system. I do keep them in growing in pots until they start going downhill on their own when the days start getting shorter and then I cut them back. Kind of like easing into semi-dormancy. I do water lightly over the winter but where I stash them, the do get very weak sunlight. In your situation, I think I would keep them damp but not wet if you're going to keep them in pots.
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sallyg
Jul 25, 2017 6:02 AM CST
ditto that last. I think, just damp, just alive but not trying to grow.
I tried keeping some (tubers) dry in newspaper but no luck. Good sized plants did live in my zone 7b? garden bed last winter, even more vigorously and spreading in my warmer, south facing area. Bloom till frost.
I think one more mature potted one is a better bet to live thru, than small rooted plants. IF they will root.
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Prince George, BC. Canada (Zone 4a)
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Airborne1888
Jul 25, 2017 6:15 AM CST
We'll try to keep them going in the garage and if we have no success we'll just have to buy new ones in the spring. Thanks for your help.
Wally
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