British Columbia: Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' rehab

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  1. Apartmentgardener

    Apartmentgardener New Member

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    I bought a specimen early fall for my apartment balcony garden. It did ok until it got really walloped in a wind storm. Almost all of it died, and there are only two or three green leaves left. I've brought it inside (near a cold door) and have tried to baby it with water once a week.
    Does anyone know if it will come back? My balcony faces NW in the Lower Mainland. I could protect it better from the wind than I did, but being a grass I thought it could take it.
    Anyone have advice?
    Thanks.
    Christine (Apartment Gardener)
     
  2. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Not sure what happened in the windstorm, but this is not an evergreen plant. There is one at the entrance of the Garden here. It has only a bit of green--the leaves are brown and fading for the season.
     
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    Thanks, Eric. Maybe I'm assuming the wind did it, though this happened before the recent frost. Now that I've had it inside for about two weeks, do you think I should put it back out or keep it in for the winter?
     
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Probably better back outside in a sheltered spot that won't freeze. Wind might have dried it out.
     
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    This isn't a reply, but another question about hakonechloa. How much cold can they take? I got 3 plants for my birthday through Amazon. I thought that the greenhouse would wait a little later in the Spring, but here they came at the end of March. They've been in the garage under a plant light and they look good. Our weekly forecast shows dipping down to 35 F one night later this week. Is it safe to tuck them in the garden as it is 81 F now?
     
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  6. Margot

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    Charts I'm looking at suggest it can tolerate very cold temperatures - as low as -20F or -29C. If you're worried that temperatures may go below that where you are, you could cover it with a thick mulch over the coldest months.
     
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    Thanks a lot. We don't usually get below 0 F . Perhaps once in a while, but not often.
     

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