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Hi Tom,
I have resently purchased and planted Jumbo yellow Bracteantha and I wanted to know if  there is anyway to keep them as a perineal here in Northern New Jersey.

Hi Vito,
Thanx for your question.  Bracteantha is only hardy from USDA Zones 8-11 which is well south of New Jersey.  The plant is native to Australia.  You may be able to keep it as a potted plant and move the plant into an unheated garage that does not freeze for the winter and the plant will go dormant.  Water it once a week to keep the roots hydrated and then move back outdoors after the last frost.  Otherwise, you will have to treat it as an annual.  I hope this helps.


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I have been a gardener for 20 years with perennials both growing from seed and from nurseries. I went through the Master Gardener Program from Kansas State University Cooperative Extension Service and I answered questions on the Hotline a few years ago for the Wyandotte County Kansas Extension Service. I have also lived in the Florida, California, Hawaii, Arizona, Texas, Kansas and Missouri and am experienced with a variety of climates, soils and weather conditions.


I have been growing perennials for over 20 years now. I am self-taught mostly except for a master gardener class. I have experimented with all kinds of perennials including many that are not common to my area. I have read hundreds of books and grown hundreds of varieties of plants and hope to make it a business some day. I have become versed in botanical names and growing conditions and what I don't know off of the top of my head I can usually easily find in my vast array of research material and botanical and horticultural contacts. I especially enjoy experimenting with growing plants out of zone.

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