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I'm hooked - My first Brug is in Bloom

Posted by tcmers Zone 5_ Indiana ( on
Thu, Sep 14, 06 at 21:04

I got my first Brug (Dr. Suess) as a cutting in the Fall of '05....I'm Hooked. It has about twice as many blooms on it now as it did in this photo from last week. Not only is it beautiful but smells absolutely wonderful too! I want to get at least one or two more varieties, but I won't be able to get more than that because I'm in Zone 5 and they'll have to come in for the Winter. Hubby already wants to shoot me by spring with all the plants I either bring in or start! LOL! Anyway, I hope this photo link works. :)

Here is a link that might be useful: Dr. Suess

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RE: I'm hooked - My first Brug is in Bloom

ROFL tcmers, in Zone 5, where there's will, there's a way.
I started with 3 10 years ago and ended up building a 10' x 10' shed and heating it all winter to store my Brug collection. I am usually holding 40+ over the winter each year!

RE: I'm hooked - My first Brug is in Bloom

LOL! I'm going to try my hand at a few cuttings for friends shortly....Maybe I'll keep one for myself. :)

RE: I'm hooked - My first Brug is in Bloom

Temers, it only takes one good flush to get you hooked! I started with one peach versicolor 4 years ago, now I have 5 plants. I'm in zone 5a and last year, with 3 plants, I let them go dormant for the winter. It saved on space, and also fighting the spider mites that plague my brugs in the winter. Unlike Ruth Ann, I don't have a good place for a greenhouse, or I'd have one by now! And more plants!

RE: I'm hooked - My first Brug is in Bloom

Tell me more about letting them go dormant for the winter....What do you do? Any prep? Where do you store them?

RE: I'm hooked - My first Brug is in Bloom

First cut them back, but not below their first Y, otherwise you have to wait for it to Y again to produce flowers. Then put the pot (with plant) in a dark place, I have a basement hallway well away from any sunlight although it's not pitch dark or anything, and stop watering. One by one any remaining leaves will fall off. Let the soil go dry, then water about once a month with just a cup or so of water right at the base of the trunk, to keep the roots from completely dying. I suspect many of the peripheral roots just dry up and die, but at least the ones closest to the trunk are kept alive. By March or April my plants started showing signs of wanting to come to life - putting out pale green leaves - so I took them out of their corner and placed by a window, started watering, and voila! I think it took about 2 months for them to flower after coming out of dormancy.

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