How do I know if it survived? Temperatures to uncover?

turquoise(5)March 14, 2007

I have five musa basjoo out in the yard. I protected them with bagged leaves over the winter and most were protected from the wind to some degree. I peeked at them yesterday and they were mushy. I know that doesn't necessarily mean they're dead, but is there a way to know for sure? We had a very cold winter (15 below), so I'm worried that I lost all of them. Do I just need to wait and see?

One more quick question, how high should the nighttime temperature have to be before they can be safely left uncovered?

Thanks very much!!

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Sorry, I just saw the response below to leave them uncovered when heavy frosts are done. I'd still love to know if there's a way to tell if they're going to make it. Thanks!

    Bookmark   March 14, 2007 at 9:54AM
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sandy0225(z5 Indiana)

You won't lose all of them. You probably won't lose any of them if they were protected well.
Uncover them when you see that daffodils are in full bloom, that's what I do here/ that is usually the end of April. If the weather's nice, some of them will start growing soon. If not, they'll wait a little while longer.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2007 at 7:23AM
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Really?? Thanks so much, you've given me hope. I've been preparing myself for losing all of them (and using it as motivation not to let that happen next year). Even if a few make it I'll be happy. Thanks for your response!

    Bookmark   March 15, 2007 at 9:46AM
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