Melianthus Major over wintering

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Melianthus Major over wintering

Post by tropicalwon » Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:35 pm

I have a small potted melianthus major, this winter I'll move it to the shelter of my house and cover with fleece, not a problem. Next Spring I hope to plant in permanent position, the following winter it should be a lot larger.what I want to know is how you would protect it over the cold months when planted out? I have an idea but would like to know yours.

It has put on a few more leaves since photo was taken.
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Re: Melianthus Major over wintering

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:21 pm

I did a video on this. Basically mulch with straw and soil.

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Re: Melianthus Major over wintering

Post by jungle jas » Sat Sep 15, 2012 7:03 am

You haven't told us what sort of temperatures you get were you are in Kent. icon_thumright

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Post by tropicalwon » Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:17 pm

Yorkshire Kris wrote:I did a video on this. Basically mulch with straw and soil.
icon_scratch I missed that one....Thanks

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Re: Melianthus Major over wintering

Post by tropicalwon » Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:24 pm

jungle jas wrote:You haven't told us what sort of temperatures you get were you are in Kent. icon_thumright
My back garden, facing south east (approx.) hasn't really dropped below -7 in the 25ish years I've lived here....As I can remember!

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Re: Melianthus Major over wintering

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:53 pm

They are leaf hardy down to about minus 2 and about old wood hardy to about minus 5. Mulching protects for temps lower than this.

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Post by tropicalwon » Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:49 pm

Yorkshire Kris wrote:They are leaf hardy down to about minus 2 and about old wood hardy to about minus 5. Mulching protects for temps lower than this.
Thanks Kris for the vid + all the info icon_thumleft icon_thumleft icon_thumleft

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Re: Melianthus Major over wintering

Post by simon » Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:34 pm

I have never given mine any protection and it always comes back well from below ground. Worst winter mins have been about -10 to -12C but it did have a couple of mild winters when first planted, so had a good chance to settle in. I would say in your location you don't need to be over cautious with it but would be a good idea to give some protection in the first winter while establishing.

I would be more concerned about ensuring the roots don't freeze in the pot this winter.

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Post by tropicalwon » Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:43 pm

simon wrote:I have never given mine any protection and it always comes back well from below ground. Worst winter mins have been about -10 to -12C but it did have a couple of mild winters when first planted, so had a good chance to settle in. I would say in your location you don't need to be over cautious with it but would be a good idea to give some protection in the first winter while establishing.

I would be more concerned about ensuring the roots don't freeze in the pot this winter.
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Re: Melianthus Major over wintering

Post by Adrian » Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:13 pm

Same as Simon, never protected one.
They need cutting right back each year or they get really leggy so not worth protecting anything above ground.
Mulch if worried but I done bother here.

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