Re: Dracunculus growing on clay Z5
- Subject: Re: Dracunculus growing on clay Z5
- From: James Waddick <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- 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.
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
Zone 5 Record low -23F
Summer 100F +
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