Plumbago and Firespike freeze damage

natal(Louisiana 8b)February 21, 2010

I'm seeing new growth on a number of tropicals that were damaged in our hard freezes, but so far not a sign of life on the plumbagos or firespikes. I know it's still early, just wondering what are the chances they didn't survive?

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lac1361(z9a Lake Charles, LA)

Both should come back but the Plumbago will be very slow and probably not get back to the original size it was going into winter.


    Bookmark   February 22, 2010 at 4:41PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

Thanks Steve. Most of the plumbago were going to need some serious pruning anyway. I guess Mother Nature saw to it that I wouldn't forget.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2010 at 5:44PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

Two of the four plumbago are coming back. No sign of life on the firespike. I have a feeling they may be goners. :(

    Bookmark   March 20, 2010 at 7:44PM
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Natal - aren't you loving our beautiful springtime? I just bought and planted my first plumbago yesterday. Am so happy that yours came back after our cold (for us) winter! I'm hoping mine will grow happily here. I have never really had a touch of blue in my beds, but the plumbago really is pretty here.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2010 at 7:40AM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

Wodka, yes I am! I'm even happier that the pollen is done falling. Now to get out the power washer.

I love the cool feeling that blue brings to the garden ... especially with our heat.

Oh, and looks like I spoke to soon on the firespike. I think about 3/4 of my plants have begun to put out new growth. That was a pleasant surprise!

    Bookmark   April 17, 2010 at 12:14PM
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I had to google "firespike", since I didn't know what it was - what a pretty shrub! Glad that yours are making a comeback.

I bought several more plumbagos yesterday and planted them against our black iron fence (which already has confederate jasmine on it.) I can't wait for it to really take off.

Yesterday I also had a little surprise - the snapdragons that I planted in the fall and forgot about, figured they just didn't take, are just now budding out?! I don't even remember what kind or color they were?

    Bookmark   April 18, 2010 at 4:51PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

I planted snapdragons along with pansies, violas, and dianthus in the fall. Everything except the snaps bloomed all winter. The snaps just sat there until a few weeks ago when they burst open with blooms. I wonder if it was our colder than normal winter that made them hibernate?

    Bookmark   April 18, 2010 at 5:40PM
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Natal, I agree with you that our cold winter might have influenced our snapdragons. I can't wait to see them bloom, they are one of my favorites.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2010 at 9:08AM
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