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Old 05-24-2010, 08:20 AM
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Shrimp Plants in Kentucky

Has any one had luck growing shrimp plants in Ky zone 6 b..I have one in a pot I brought with me from Tx. it grew in the green house over winter,,But will it grow in the ground over winter..I don't want to loose it.Thanks in advance..Linda
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Old 05-24-2010, 12:27 PM
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I am not in Kentucky, but do grow shrimp plants. Do you have the golden shrimp (Pachystachys lutea) or the red shrimp plants (Justicia brandegeana), or another variety?

According to Dave's garden website, the golden is for zone 9 and higher:

and the red shrimp plants go for zone 8 and higher:

I know that pushing zones is sometimes do-able, but in this case I think that zone 6 is too far of a reach. I would bring the plant in over the winter.
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Old 05-25-2010, 01:58 AM
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I agree with Miamipanda. I am in between 8a and 8b and I have problems with Shrimp plants but that might be because it is too dry on top of my hill. I did fine with it in town.
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Old 05-25-2010, 11:18 AM
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Oh thanks garden pals,,I have the bronze colored one and I think a lady gave me a yellow cutting that is doing well..I had them in the green house all winter,,But was hoping they could be planted on the south side of the house and would make it,,But it does get below freezing here .So will keep them in there pots..have a great day and week..
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