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Re: Dracunculus growing on clay Z5

  • Subject: Re: Dracunculus growing on clay Z5
  • From: James Waddick <jwaddick@kc.rr.com>
  • Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2009 13:27:17 -0500

>After growing Darcunculus for several years in big containers I 
>would like to know if they would survive outside. My soil is clay 
>with sodium more than necessary. I would like to know who have 
>success growing it outside in Zone 5. I would try to plant them out, 
>but I don't want to loose them becouse they have nice reddish color 
>not blackish. They were wild collected in Turkey, but the seller 
>don't know where.

Dear Jan,
	It has been reported frequently about the hardiness of 
Dracunculus in Zone 5 and possibly further north. I have grown it out 
doors in various situations for years. This year I had 4 blooming 
clumps ,  and 2 large seed heads are ripening.  One of these blooming 
clumps was seed grown, the others from tubers.  The biggest is 
growing in a raised amended bed in full sun.  It also blooms in 
fairly deep shade at the edge of a wood side.

	The only place it has declined was in a bed that stay damp 
over winter. All surviving sites - even in shade - have a slight 
slope and better drainage.
	We routinely get to 0 F each winter and the plants receive NO 
	Want some fresh seed when the heads are ripe?

	Best	and go for it.		Jim W.

Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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