Anemone Coronaria - Foliage

tuliper(7B RVA)January 11, 2012

I read anemone is one of those bulbs that really benefits from an early fall planting. I planted mine at the very beginning of October and have since been noticing foliage popping up. I live in Maryland and thought the over eager sprouted leaves would die back a he first frost kill. Well here we are the middle of January and it's looking like a big swath of bushy lush anemone foliage. It looks great, so I'm wondering if we get a cold spell for a few weeks will it damage the plants, and also is this normal? Will my Dutch Windflowers be ok?! :)

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denninmi(8a)

Cold in the teens/low 20s will zap the foliage. They will grow more in the spring, but if you can protect these leaves, it will add to the overall vigor of the plant. We can't grow this species here, but I have the same issues with certain other bulbs.

Best thing I know to do with plants like this is to put a deep layer of a light, fluffy, insulating mulch over them when the ground freezes (or when extreme cold threatens) -- pine straw, oak leaves, or regular straw is good. Then uncover when temps appear to be safe in early spring.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2012 at 1:42PM
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tuliper(7B RVA)

Now one of my precocious little bulbs has been coaxed out to bloom in the middle of winter, hopefully any freezes we have aren't too rough on them. Will cover with straw if cold weather persists.
I'll update in a week!

Matthew

Here is a link that might be useful: Anemone

    Bookmark   January 22, 2012 at 12:35PM
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katob Z6ish, NE Pa

I couldn't get a picture through your link.... just a login to flicker.

I'm a little jealous of your success so far, I think it's too cold here for their winter foliage to survive and planting them in the spring is just not enough for a real nice diplay.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2012 at 4:33PM
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