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earlydazeearlydaze Posts: 84
has anyone had any success growing this, and in particular- ever left it out all winter well protected? many thanks
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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,570
    I grow it, but given the rainfall / heavy clay soil, I'd not risk leaving it in the ground over winter.
    Devon.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,196
    Me too, but here I wouldn't even leave it in the g/h.
    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • earlydazeearlydaze Posts: 84
    wow- that tender? so you just pot it up and bring it inside? do you cut it back first?

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,196
    When I had it, it stayed in the porch, cut back in early Spring, then started off with heat.
    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,570
    I've noticed new shoots starting on mine in an unheated polytunnel
    Devon.
  • earlydazeearlydaze Posts: 84
    think will experiment in a pot for a year- and go from there- many thanks


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,570
    Black Coral is said to be even darker if you can find it
    Devon.
  • earlydazeearlydaze Posts: 84
    oooh - thanks
  • gunndabadgunndabad Posts: 26
    It’s extremely difficult to over winter. I’ve tried for two years (in a conservatory) and I’ve had a 100% failure rate from 6 plants. 
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,196
    I find with the green variety, you must keep them dry over Winter, or the rot.
    I have lost several this Winter.
    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
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