Mirabilis longiflora indoors for the winter

Ernie DeMarie via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:37:31 PDT
Hi Judy,
M longiflora has a tough tuber that can be lifted and stored dry over winter, doesnt even require soil ime.  Of course digging them is a pain, but if planted in a mound of sandy soil they are easier to lift.  Large (ideally very large) containes can work too.  It will also self sow if happy.  
Ernie DeMarie
Briarcliff Manor NY z6/7 where rain is also begining to fall.   Out in both the home and school gardens Crocosmia aurea continues to put on a nice show, and at school near the wall two zephyranthes (candida and what I think is "Sunset Strain" are blooming and making seed pods.  Colchicums are beginning to flower as well, and a lone Amaryllis belladonna near the doorway at home is finishing up, it was planted last year, mulched for winter, and bloomed this year with vibrant pink red flowers, much showier than what I have grown  before (it was in a batch of them I got from a breeder out west). 



-----Original Message-----
From: Judy Glattstein <jgglatt@gmail.com>
To: pbs <pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net>
Sent: Mon, Sep 17, 2018 4:21 pm
Subject: [pbs] Mirabilis longiflora indoors for the winter

Noticed that the Mirabilis longiflora has dropped its leaves and stem 
sections are abscissing and dropping also - some right down to the base. 
So I went out between the spats of rain and got it into the garage. 
That's it, no water until next March.

Judy in New Jersey where the remnants of Florence are due to arrive 
sometime tomorrow. Guess this drizzle (.45 inches in the last few hours) 
is just an appetizer.
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