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Re: Temperate to cold

Thanks!Good to know Auralie. I got a brand new 'Nuccio's Pearl' (Japonica)
this spring and when I move I just hate the thought of leaving it behind.
Lots of stuff that I have is actually hardy in zone 5 according to the
books, although I'll have lots of gardening questions about mid-western,
zone 5 when the time comes. Even some of the Hydrangeas are! I was so happy
and my new Magnolia 'Sunspire' is too according to the catalog. That REALLY
made me happy. I don't plan on taking a lot of plants with me, but as you
know some are very special and I just don't want to be without them!

Andrea H
Beaufort, SC 

> [Original Message]
> From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 7/19/2005 10:03:32 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Temperate to cold
> Andrea, I have a Camellia that I grew from seed.  My father, who 
> died in 1980, sent me a seed saying "try this - it might be some-
> thing special."  It has had several setbacks, but I still have the 
> plant, and it has bloomed for the past five or six winters.  I think
> it is a Sasanqua type - single bloom.  The special thing about it
> is that it is a drooping, contorted plant.  The shrub grows only 
> about two feet high by about three feet wide - without any pruning.
> I put it out in the summer and take it in in the winter when the 
> temps get lower than about 28 degrees.  It is a handsome, but
> somewhat unusual houseplant.  
> I have also known another camellia grown as a houseplant.  Some
> years ago we visited friends in Maine in January.  That experience
> convinced me that I never wanted to move to Maine under any 
> circumstances.  However, the friends we visited had a very large
> camellia plant in their living room.  This house was a pre-revolutionary
> house without central heating.  When I got up in the middle of the
> night, the water in the toilet was frozen.  But the camellia was full
> of blooms - a five-foot plant in their livingroom where the temperatures
> were often below freezing but maybe not too much.  They seem to 
> like being cold in the winter but not too cold.
> Auralie
> In a message dated 07/19/2005 7:34:48 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
> hodgesaa@earthlink.net writes:
> Question for you northern and mid-western dwellers. Has anyone tried to
> a Camellia as a house plant? What were the results?
> Thanks!
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