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Thinking about getting a Plumbago for a large nakd spot. I have two questions for which I can't find the answers online.
1. I read they are freeze-hardy to zone 9B. Do they freeze to the ground in our area and at what temps do you cover them?
2. I read on the .edu site they are prone to thrips. I wouldn't be getting one if that is a common problem because the shrub would be planted in the vicinity of my GH and thrips LOVE orchid flowers.
I have heard some people grow them in 8a and they return from freezes. Daves Garden reports it root hardy to 8a. I had a huge one in Orange Park that totally died to the ground in winter 2009/2010 when we had all those teensF nights. It returned fine.
They seem a bit hardier than Cestrum nocturnum that also returns from the roots here in 9a.
I bought a new one( tiny starter plant) and put it in the ground in my of my rose beds here, so the blue could compliment some warm pink and yellow roses. It stayed evergreen last winter and of course, this winter, we havent froze so its about 3ft kinda arching down. It is spread out instead of up which is what I want. I plan to keep it around 4 ft or less tall.
They dont need a lot of water so I water it less than the roses. Put it some where well draining.
I have read some folks in So FL espalier them up a trellis or have them draping over rockwalls.
I havent seen thrips on it yet. Thrips get on some of my roses but about the time the thrips show up, the squirrel and green tree frogs also show up. The thrips disappear. I can only guess the frogs are eating them. I dont spray at all here so if the frogs aren't eating them, I dont know where they would go all of a sudden lol. Happens every year.
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