Thank you as well! I've always adored Crape Myrtles but shied away from trying them here. I think they are reliably hardy to zone 6, but I'll do some checking. At any rate, this will be a good way to try it!
I may have a micro climate area that mimics zone 6, maybe a sheltered spot by the house out of the cold winter winds.
Besides, I'm a serious zone pusher, I love experimenting!
I usually have a bunch of little ones so if it doesn't work the first time we can try try again. Good time to dig them up since they are still dormant here. I'll get some potted up so it won't be such a shock. They usually lose their leaves in shipment.
That's what I have too! Gobs of volunteer seedlings in the flower beds. I've often thought, (as I'm murdering them), gee it sure would be nice to have someone use these instead of throwing them away! So yes, mine will be small as well. I weeded last season's out pretty thoroughly. LOL
That sounds great. I have at least two so far, one is for Seray, and one can be for you. I'd love to try a Golden Chain again. I'm not sure they like our particular variety of clay soil, but I'm thinking maybe I'll put it on the high edge of our (imported) sandy beach. Maybe the combination soil there will suit it better. The plants I have are small, but they should ship & transplant well.
I should be able to get them ready for shipping in the next few weeks.
You let me know when Chelle. The Golden Chain Tree does very well here in our clay soil. They are really tough trees and bloom best if in full sun.
Is your red bud tree in a wooded area? Is this a native or hybrid? So many questions. : ) Want to make sure I plant it in the right place when it gets here.
We had a Golden Chain tree for about 7 years. We bought it from a catalog and when it came it was about a foot tall. It gained maybe 6" of growth in 7 years, so I finally gave up on it. Our soil here is very slow-draining, and the start was in an area that doesn't get full sun.
I'm hoping that if we put it in the other spot it will grow better. It didn't die, it just wasn't a very strong grower where it was.
My mom ordered the red bud, and she doesn't keep track of any info. I'm leaning toward hybrid since that's the kind of catalog she orders from. Do you know if the hybrids grow true to the parent from seed? If not, it's not a hybrid. All of our transplanted starts from the parent are the same.
Ours our planted in understory conditions. Taller trees around them, so part shade.
It's nice here again today, so I'm going to start lifting them out of the ground. Finally dried up a bit so the soil isn't sopping wet.
I need to dig up a poppy start for my son's teacher as well, so I'd better get out there and get it done. BB in a bit.....chelle
That is what I need to to know Chelle, about where I would plant it. I have the perfect spot in my little woodland. : )
Your Golden Chain tree should do great in the other location with better drainage. You are right, they don't like soggy feet. They are really draught tolerant once established.
Hi Chelle, ready for me to send the Golden Chain Tree? It is starting to break dormancy so I know it is strong and healthy now. Didn't wan to send it until I new it had rooted good. Cmail me your address, I will mail it Monday.