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Name: Carol H. Sandt
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csandt
Jan 18, 2018 9:39 AM CST
What is the toughest cultivar of Erica carnea (winter-blooming heath)--one that can survive the coldest winters? I used to have six plants of Erica carnea Mediterranean Pink until all of them died during an unusually cold winter.
Carol H. Sandt

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

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plantladylin
Jan 18, 2018 9:53 AM CST
Everything I found shows Erica carnea hardiness zone as 5a to 7b:
Scotch Heath (Erica carnea)
http://www.missouribotanicalga...
http://www.hort.uconn.edu/plan...
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Name: Carol H. Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Peonies Butterflies Region: Mid-Atlantic Hibiscus Daylilies Xeriscape
Hostas Roses Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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csandt
Jan 18, 2018 11:46 AM CST
plantladylin said:Everything I found shows Erica carnea hardiness zone as 5a to 7b:
Scotch Heath (Erica carnea)
http://www.missouribotanicalga...
http://www.hort.uconn.edu/plan...


Thanks for the links, Lin.
From these links, I learned that Missouri Botanical Garden suggests covering plants with mulch or evergreen branches over the winter, and U. Conn warns that you can expect damage during cold winters. So perhaps there isn't a tough cultivar that doesn't need coddling to get through unusually cold winters. Confused
Carol H. Sandt

"Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.'' -- Allen Saunders
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Jan 18, 2018 12:00 PM CST
They are such beautiful plants but I guess they have to be mulched heavily to protect the roots from freezing.
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: Carol H. Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Peonies Butterflies Region: Mid-Atlantic Hibiscus Daylilies Xeriscape
Hostas Roses Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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csandt
Jan 18, 2018 12:13 PM CST
I was always amazed and uplifted to see their cheerful little blooms poking up through the snow year after year. But then the extreme temperature changes came, and that was the end of them. Very sad!
Carol H. Sandt

"Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.'' -- Allen Saunders
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Jan 18, 2018 1:33 PM CST
It's amazing how the weather patterns are changing. We had a low of 31º last night that lasted for quite a few hours and it hasn't gotten out of the 40's all day today, currently 48º ... and this is Florida! I told my husband that I'm ready to move to the islands! Smiling
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: Carol H. Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Peonies Butterflies Region: Mid-Atlantic Hibiscus Daylilies Xeriscape
Hostas Roses Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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csandt
Jan 18, 2018 4:01 PM CST
plantladylin said:It's amazing how the weather patterns are changing. We had a low of 31º last night that lasted for quite a few hours and it hasn't gotten out of the 40's all day today, currently 48º ... and this is Florida! I told my husband that I'm ready to move to the islands! Smiling


Oh NO!!! Don't move to the islands!! Then you would be very vulnerable to hurricanes!
Carol H. Sandt

"Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.'' -- Allen Saunders
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Jan 18, 2018 5:45 PM CST
LOL, we are vulnerable to hurricanes here in Florida! The season runs from June 1st - November 30th. I've lived in Florida almost 51 years and it seems like we're having more storms with greater intensity every year but at least we have a fair amount of warning of approaching storms and can evacuate if necessary. I think it would be scary to live where Earthquakes or Tsunami's or Wildfires or Mudslides or Winter Blizzards occur. Green Grin!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


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