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    Brazillian Red Cloak

    August Blooms. Sometimes more Red than others.
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    Welcome to Landspro, Larry!

    I really like that one. Is it winter hardy in Austin?
    Ann B.
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    Sorry, it takes no cold. I greenhouse them every year. It will get large, so I cut backbefore I load GH in Nov. I have had it get very red when it blooms later in fall.

    Larry

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    That means that it would not make it outside here in the winter, and I suppose that it doesn't have time to go to seed.

    If you can cut it back, though, and it will survive in a greenhouseover the winter, it would be worth it!

    When you cut it back, can you root the cuttings?

    Do you think it would survive in the ground in zone 9a if it were protected?
    Ann B.
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    At best a 9B. If I had only one and wanted to keep it, I would take cuttings.

    For Houston Area growers, it can be purchased at Jerry' Jungle or at Caldwells in Rosenberg. I believe Gardinos in Delray Beach Fl. sells 4" pots.

    Mine are in pots. One in picture is in 15gal. pot, plunged in SE bed.

    A good underplant is Red Shrimp.

    Larry
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    Larry,

    I find it hard to believe still, but I have a red shrimp plant that rooted through the pot into the ground. The pot and the plant was crushed by a huge pecan tree limb. I thought it was dead, so it spent the winter outside with no protection. It came back the following spring, so I left it alone last winter and it came back again this spring.

    Slowly, but surely, I find that there are numerous plants that I previously thought would not survive our winters, will survive, at least the normal winters. However, if it drops to a record low in the low 20's or teens, a lot of my garden plants won't survive.

    I guess it is just a chance that we take...
    Ann B.
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