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Is it dead

Posted by tinkerbel 7b/8a B.C (My Page) on
Tue, May 9, 06 at 16:42

I have a P. caerulea on my deck in a container from last summer. It completely died down over the winter and it hasnt started budding , no green anywhere. My clematis's are growing great but not the Passiflora. I live in south west B.C Canada our winters are relativly mild so I thought it would be ok . How do I know if its dead ? I really hope it isnt because its my very favorite.

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RE: Is it dead

Caerulea is one of the hardiest passiflora, and will die back to the ground over winter and regrow from the roots. Just because the stems show no green doesn't mean it's dead. I don't know how to tell if the roots are dead, however, short of A) waiting until summer to see if anything sprouts, of B) digging up the roots and checking them for brittleness, etc.

The good news is that caerulea is probably THE single most common passion flower in cultivation. It will be fairly easy to replace yours if it is indeed departed from this mortal coil.

RE: Is it dead

Thank you for your reply , I will indeed wait it out as it was a gift from my sister. Perhaps it's still s bit to chilly for it.

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