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Old 10-04-2019, 05:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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hello all , I have a lot of tall Orinoco plants as id'd in the "late august bloom" thread in the I D section

My question is,, are they cold hardy enough that can I cut them off at the ground and cover them up like I do my Musa Basjoo's ? and have them survive and grow next spring. or do I need to dig them all out?

I'm in zone 7a-7b,,western Kentucky and SE Missouri

Time seems to be running out fast!!!

Thanks for all your advice!!
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Old 10-05-2019, 05:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Zone 9A sometimes 8B - Orinoco and namwah are the most cold hardy I've experienced but our ground doesn't freeze - I doubt it would work -
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hello all , I have a lot of tall Orinoco plants as id'd in the "late august bloom" thread in the I D section

My question is,, are they cold hardy enough that can I cut them off at the ground and cover them up like I do my Musa Basjoo's ? and have them survive and grow next spring. or do I need to dig them all out?

I'm in zone 7a-7b,,western Kentucky and SE Missouri

Time seems to be running out fast!!!

Thanks for all your advice!!

Just like jose263 said....it is a chance you might want to take.....for fun

For me under heavy mulch in a cool winter the plants will rebound.


But you are pressing it .

Your almanac average says your Cray.
But if you have a favorable microclimate it might work.
It might work 2 out of five years growing.....that is what confuses gardners.
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Default Re: Tall orinoco cold hardiness

Well Darn!!!

that's not what I really wanted to hear,, I guess i'll have to dig some of them up, in case it doesn't work I wont loose all of them,,
but on the other hand I havn't had much luck with dry root storing my other ones in the past years either,, so whats a man to do? lol!!

guess I'll just take my chances and see what works the best. and hope for the best!!!

Thank You very much for your replies!!!

If I make it through the winter , I'll let you know how it worked out
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Yes, please do. I am very interested to hear what happens with your experiments. Good luck!
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Now you've got me interested.
You might want to consider burying some type of heating element or other heat pipes.
Around here,(deep south) people often use pipe heating cables to keep exposed plumbing from freezing.
I'm guessing that areas like yours with frozen sidewalks have invented heating element products that will warm the sidewalks and eliminate the ice?
Seems like all you really need is a heating element that will maintain soil temps at 30F or above.
My thoughts - maybe warm water circulation? or heat cable?
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Now you've got me interested.
You might want to consider burying some type of heating element or other heat pipes.
Around here,(deep south) people often use pipe heating cables to keep exposed plumbing from freezing.
I'm guessing that areas like yours with frozen sidewalks have invented heating element products that will warm the sidewalks and eliminate the ice?
Seems like all you really need is a heating element that will maintain soil temps at 30F or above.
My thoughts - maybe warm water circulation? or heat cable?
built a 32 x 28 ft. garage once up in north Dakota. did floor heat with copper pipes and used a hot water heater. had green grass around the garage all year long.

depending on area a small hot water heater and pipes with anti freeze buried 1 1/2 ft. deep would work well. problem is a thermostat, would have to have the sending unit buried in the ground.

set the thermostat 50 to 55 degrees. 1/8 or 1/2 hp pump. you would have to reverse your flow into and out of the hot water heater and t in at the top most part of your discharge line and run an open line into a 5 gallon bucket to stop hydro lock.
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