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What about the agapanthus?

Posted by bobbi_p z8/9 Cypress, TX (My Page) on
Wed, Jan 6, 10 at 10:28

I'm looking to you northern gardenwebbers for advice on my agapanthus. I can't seem to find good guidance. They're the one plant out front that I'm concerned about. And my husband is quite fond of them as well.

I'm thinking I'll go ahead and cover them, but what would your expectations be if we're to get down as low as 25 Thursday through Saturday, but apparently above freezing during the day????

Am I wrong to think that Dallas would have that sort of weather pattern every year? Do you guys have agapanthus in the ground up there?

Mine are generally evergreen, but are showing some frost damaged leaves already. Do I expect them to die back to the ground and then come back? If so, will they bloom this year?

In back, I think the only thing I'll try to cover is the orange tree we just planted a little before our first freeze. The Meyer lemon (which was stressed before I planted it) and 2 pineapple oranges already look dead. Seems to be some conflicting info on the plumbago. I see my natal plum is less than happy too. Oh well, live and learn, right???

Good luck everyone!

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RE: What about the agapanthus?

We do not have prolonged freezing days and nights each year, Bobbi, haven't had one in a few. I cannot answer your question about the agapanthus as mine is in a container and not in the ground. The only person I know who has beautiful, large ones inground has not had a season like this to test them. How long are your temps expected to be at or below freezing? I think this is the key to protecting any marginal plant.

RE: What about the agapanthus?

Most agapanthus are rated Zone 7b, 7-10. Some will keep their leaves through a winter and some will die back. I have never seen anyone covering them in Austin (8b). There are some nice agapanthus. here. I don't grow them to well myself but that is because I did not enrich the soil enough or water them enough.

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