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Kniphofia/Red Hot Poker: Anyone grow it?

Posted by thisismelissa z4a-S Twin Citie (My Page) on
Sat, Jan 1, 11 at 11:17

Several years back, I remember walking up to the Perkins at 494 and France and seeing a huge swath of Kniphofia and really loving it. But then it occurred to me that I'd read that it was only hardy to zone 5 or 6. So I wondered if they were planted as annuals.

Well, in browsing, I came across a variety that's supposedly hardy to zone 4.

Can anyone comment on their success/lack of success with these?


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RE: Kniphofia/Red Hot Poker: Anyone grow it?

I've started them from seed a few times, but have yet to have them come back the following year here in MN. The ones I've sent or taken to my sister in Kansas though are doing fine - come back and spread a bit each year.


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RE: Kniphofia/Red Hot Poker: Anyone grow it?

Hi Melissa, Are you referring to the ones in the High Country Gardens cat? I saw those as well and was wondering about them too.


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RE: Kniphofia/Red Hot Poker: Anyone grow it?

oh hey!
Kniphofia hirsuta 'Fire Dance'

This is the listing I saw: http://www.gardenimport.com/spblvl3.php?lvl=Kniphofia&nm=Kniphofia&ref=KN3025

Here is a link that might be useful: Kniphofia hirsuta 'Fire Dance'


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RE: Kniphofia/Red Hot Poker: Anyone grow it?

I just checked HCG cat and the one they list for zone 4 is Kniphofia uvaria Hybrid Mix. They also have 'Fire Dance' but there they list it as zone 5. It seems to be cheaper though if you want to try it. I toyed with the idea but I have so many other plants I want plus I promised a friend to help her revamp a long border and I know I'll be putting in lots of hours there, so I'm trying to exercise some restraint...for however long it lasts.

Here is a link that might be useful: Kniphofia uvaria


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I just did a little more searching and most sites list hirsuta as the hardiest. The hardiness listings are all over the place. Some list it to zone 4, others 5, some 6 and one said 7. I guess it's one of those you have to try and see what happens. Forestfarm had them for $5.95. I've never ordered from them but they are pretty highly rated on Garden Watchdog.

Here is a link that might be useful: Forestfarm


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RE: Kniphofia/Red Hot Poker: Anyone grow it?

Guess what I found at a local nursery?

'Fire Dance' is listed as zone 4 hardy at that nursery and they at least guarantee thru the current growing season, so I think I might give it a shot.

On another forum, some have said it prefers a sandy soil, which tends more toward clay. So, I might try it in a pot with some very well draining potting medium... possibly a cactus medium, since what I've read says it's native to arid regions.


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RE: Kniphofia/Red Hot Poker: Anyone grow it?

Good luck with it. Let us know how it does.


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RE: Kniphofia/Red Hot Poker: Anyone grow it?

I betcha its as dead as road kill next year.


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RE: Kniphofia/Red Hot Poker: Anyone grow it?

I started that one year and planted it out, nothing happened. It died and I haven't seen it since.
I'd love to know if it works for you though!
Good luck,
Tina


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I have had one for three years now. I purchased it at Friends School Plant Sale. It has not bloomed yet . . . maybe this will be the year.

- Adam


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how did things turn out? I saw magnificent plants in the U.P.(specifically the Hurley/Ironwood area), so thinking if you have good snow cover, I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the plant.

I love to zone push, and you certainly can with snow and microclimates!


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RE: Kniphofia/Red Hot Poker: Anyone grow it?

I bought one, and didn't plant it. It's still in the nursery container. I overwintered it in the garage.

It's now outside, but no signs of green yet. So, not sure if it's a late one or not.

We had pretty much NO snow cover, so, we'll just have to wait & see.


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RE: Kniphofia/Red Hot Poker: Anyone grow it?

I'm in Zone 5ish and I got this plant last year and it did fine over the winter. I heard that if you leave all the grassy leaves on it they do better in cooler climates because the foliage helps keep them warm in the winter. So don't cut off the green grassy foliage in the fall, cut it back in the spring. I have about 15 flowers on mine right now and the hummingbirds love it!


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RE: Kniphofia/Red Hot Poker: Anyone grow it?

I ended up putting mine in the garage over the winter and it did come back.

I have it in a morning sun location right now and it has not sent up any bloom spikes, yet.

I do hope it does.


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Pics please when it blooms!


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  • Posted by jel48 Z4 Michigan (My Page) on
    Fri, Jun 29, 12 at 12:00

I just bought 2 of them this spring. But we are a solid zone 5 here (because of the lake effect weather) and I can grow things I'd have never dreamed of growing in MN. I hope they do well. They certainly are beautiful!


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RE: Kniphofia/Red Hot Poker: Anyone grow it?

I also bought one a few years ago from friends plant sale... bloomed the following spring... it maybe a z5, but since its closer to the house, it does fine. It is now starting to produce offshoot plants that I hope to transplant into other areas of my garden. It is the 'flamenco' variety and blooms in the spring. I would love to add some later blooming ones if anyone would like to trade...


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RE: Kniphofia/Red Hot Poker: Anyone grow it?

Mine survived this past winter, a winter in which I lost some established hosta clumps. Go figure. It has not bloomed yet.

Menards had them this summer in bloom so I got some more to try in different spots.

Anybody still have theirs going? How are they doing?


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