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Echium Pininana (cold snap)

Hi,

We are nearly into spring and I have managed to get my Echium through nearly 2 winters. Its now about 5ft tall and ready to flower this summer.

Am I right to be concerned regarding the cold weather forecasted this week?? Temps could drop to -3c here in Southend and lots of snow forecasted. Is there a chance it could die??

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,107

    you are right to be concerned. image

    I think mine has turned up its toes  already

  • Torg22Torg22 Posts: 299

    That hasn't put my mind to rest lol...   Balls!! Its looking so good as well.

    I was thinking of getting some bubble wrap to put around its trunk but not sure if I will get the time. I have moved all my Acers into my shed.

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 15,760

    So have mine, not suitable for uk I don’t think, they seem to survive at the far end of Cornwall, don’t think they will this year though,  its a shame when you nurture them through to the flowering year and they die. Don’t pull them out yet though, although they look black and dead, they may well shoot up from the trunk in the Spring. That does sometimes happen. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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  • I don't wish to gloat but our echium are still o.k. but I do remember that during a very cold (2 week) spell of snow and ice a few years back that most of the island's echiums died. Having said that it seems that we are due for a very cold few days now so I will have to check on them in a few days time to assess any frost damage.

  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 1,886

    They grow well on sheltered parts of the Isle of Wight, too, but these easterly winds are even more damaging than low temperatures and I am sure many will give up the struggle.

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 15,760

    There will still be seeds laying in the soil from last year’s flowers, it’s just a three year wait again.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Yes - they came back from the last cold snap a few years ago - you are right Lyn - I have echiums at varying stages of growth - some due to flower this year and others next year so fingers crossed that yours will return too.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,107

    Echium pininana now image

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  • Torg22Torg22 Posts: 299

    Oh dear, that doesn't look happy Nutcutlet!

    I went out to see my Echium this morning before going to work. Poor thing looks frail and its covered with snow, don't think it will see it through to the next few days. Very disappointed.

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