When should I give up on a perennial's return ?

zelenkabachMay 14, 2013

How do you know for certain that a perennial is not going to return? By what date do you think most should be showing signs of life?

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alabamanicole(7b)

With this spring, it's hard to say; lots of things are late. We had a mild winter, but also a wet one which can kill, too. What's the plant you are concerned about?

    Bookmark   May 14, 2013 at 5:43PM
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zelenkabach

I planted a bunch of new perennials last year, including some angel's trumpets that I had grown from cuttings of my own plants.
Many of the new plantings from last year have been up and running for a month. My established angel's trumpets are well on there way, but the ones I planted last year have mixed results. A couple have returned but others...nothing. I had a Night blooming jasmine that I planted last year that isn't doing anything, although the old stump is still strongly attached. I am mourning the loss of a lion's tale (wild dagga) that hasn't done anything.

Such is life, but I was just curious as to what the conventional wisdom would advise, as these plants are new to me so I don't know their history.

I already accidentally dug up a viable plant from last year that just hadn't started to leaf out, so I am a little cautious.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

    Bookmark   May 14, 2013 at 8:15PM
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bulzi(8a)

Just noticed that the plumbago is up a couple of inches. Lantana is taking its time, with warm weather it should pop on up. I hope.

What ever does not come back will lend its place to something new.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2013 at 11:26PM
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alabamanicole(7b)

I'm not familiar with those plants and when they should pop up, lynnsdaughter, but my stevia and lantana haven't come up yet and I have every reason to think they should come back.

With the nice rain and a solid week of warm weather ahead of us, I may give up if they don't pop up by the end of the week or two.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 10:31AM
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drippy(7bAL)

Stevia comes back here? Cool! I got some at the Huntsville Botanical Garden sale, and was prepared to cut & dry it all at the end of the season, thinking it was an annual. I'll leave some for next year! :)

    Bookmark   May 20, 2013 at 5:38PM
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alabamanicole(7b)

It comes back if we have a zone 8 winter. It will also reseed itself although germination rates are really poor so it's a little dicey and it's unlikely to take over.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2013 at 5:52PM
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bulzi(8a)

OMG, Just Googled " When should I give up on a perennial's return". It refers back to here.....patience is a perennial's virtue.

It seems to take for ever for the Hidden Lily to emerge.....and when it does---- I wonder--- why have that...?....,but always glad to see it.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 1:16AM
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drippy(7bAL)

I have a salt marsh hibiscus I grew from seed that has been struggling along for a couple of years. It looked truly dead until today, when I saw just a little green coming back from the base. I wait a loooong time before I give up on perennials.

Thanks for the tip on the stevia, Nicole.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 3:14PM
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