Wintering Barbados Plant

firebird1(7)October 2, 2009

I have a red Pride f Barbados Plant. How do I prepare it for winter?

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Wow! Your climate is cold for Pride of Barbados!
I would feed it with SuperBloom or triple superphosphate, first. Then stack light, open materials--such as pine or spruce branches, or medium-thick bundles of brush--around the base of the branches. Don't prune any of the top back, since even frozen top growth will help protect the all-important base.
Next spring--well after frost--carefully take away the base protection, watching out for new growth. Prune out any frozen wood, and maybe a bit more: Pride of Barbados does best when pruned heavily each spring, anyway.
Good luck! : ])

    Bookmark   October 2, 2009 at 6:57PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I have also found that POB likes additional water, even here in Central texas for it to bloom. I thought originally it was a xeric plant bvut I found out differently.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2009 at 7:44PM
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