i have had a grass tree for 4 years now and wrapped up in fleece each
winter with no probs however noticed today the leaves had dropped on
removal of fleece i found the leaves had rotted at base and all had been
lost, have removed and refleeced but will it sprout again or is it dead,
thanks in adavnce
as growingontheedge.net or hardytropicals.co.uk. Rot sounds very bad.
They are known to be difficult to grow. The trade in mature specimens
got a poor reputation as many of them just slowly died because they
didn't re-establish easily after being dug up. An important part of
winter protection is to keep them (nearly) dry, so people who do keep
them alive outside often use a rain roof or polytunnel as well as
insulation. If you keep them dry enough in winter they can cope with
about -6C or a bit lower even, I read.
It would help if you said what your climate was like or where you are.
They need excellent drainage, in nature they often grow on sunbaked
hillsides, frequently in poor soil. They are adapted to very hot (often
dry) summers and cool winters where it doesn't freeze or snow but there can
be hard frost. They can withstand bushfires but not prolonged wet feet.
Given the choice of cold or damp my guess is that damp will do for them
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