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Old 03-08-2020, 01:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Helen's Hybrid Overwinter Success?

Hey All - HH seems to make a beautiful indoor plant. I have been very pleasantly surprised with how well these plants have done, and look (hard to tell from this picture), inside all winter next to south and west facing windows here on Vancouver Island and I just thought I'd share this little piece of my experience with these lovelies.

My real question/request is about overwintering outdoors. I am wondering if anybody in zone 7 or lower has had any success with these outdoors? I seem to keep hearing stories of winter failure and would like to know if there are any successes? Also, I realize it is a bit early for anyone who planted their first 'crop' last year, but I would really like to hear reports, good or bad, of how it goes for you this spring/summer.

I will of course do the same, but I won't have any feedback until next spring as this will be the first year they go outside.

Thank you and happy almost spring[IMG][/IMG]
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Old 03-08-2020, 08:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Default Re: Helen's Hybrid Overwinter Success?

I have same questions, so love to hear from all.
NB, our Basjoo stored in cold frame are growing - got down to 15 inside. Will unwrap those outside in a couple of weeks - fear a late frost if do it too soon, but also fear waiting too long - hard to cover if frost warning :-( . Bananas inside greenhse are putting out leaves all over, pups shooting like wild, so the warm winter and early "spring' or whatever you call it these days here in Virginia (6b maybe 7 - 7 for sure without polar vortexes) have had a major impact. We will be picking last year's soon - not sure exactly what kind, need to post a photo.
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Hello, I have a Helen's Hybrid planted outside since the summer of 2015. Its total height was around 2.5m last summer. My climatic zone is 7b. But these last winters were mild. The temperature did not drop below -12 degrees.
As written in my previous post:
"Concerning the winter protection, you can find the details in the article that I wrote recently for the magazine of my gardener's association:

http://actus.societe-francaise-accli....fr/2019-2.pdf "

(But written by French.)
Hoping this helps.

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tried to get to french site - could not be reached. . . is address correct or is it due to emergency there??
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Sorry, this link does not work anymore due to the website layout change.
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and select N26.
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That's great, thank you very much for the info, that sounds promising.
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