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Define What a 'Perennial' Is

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Joined: 10/01/2005
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Posted: Apr/03/2007 4:42 PM PST

I'm trying to start growing flowers, but I'm not sure what a 'perennial' is?
Where I live is always warm, year round. I figured it would be better to
grow flowers that don't die off after they have flowered.
So, if someone could help me out with the definition of 'perennial' I'd really
appreciate it. I'm assuming that 'annuals' bloom once? or do they? Thanks.
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Posted: Apr/03/2007 4:52 PM PST

Perennials are plants that normally live for several growing seasons. Perennials are normally hardy plants, most of which die down to the ground each year and survive the winter on food stored in underground stems and return the next year.
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Posted: Apr/03/2007 4:53 PM PST

A perennial comes back every year and typically blooms once a year for a decent period of time, some bloom all during the warm season. An annual blooms heavily and doesn't come back. Annual have to be replaced every season/year depending on where u live. Cold/frost usually kills annuals, perennials depending on what it is the cold will cause them to go dormant (foliage die back) then come spring start growing again. Hope this helps. trudy
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Posted: Apr/03/2007 4:54 PM PST

Sorry R Kayne we musta be typing at the same time. trudy
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Posted: Apr/03/2007 4:55 PM PST

LOL! But that makes it more fun, Trudy!
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Posted: Apr/03/2007 5:00 PM PST

Thanks for the quick response, RKayne and Trudy!
It's never cold here, ever. Will perennial 'die back' still if there is no
cold weather?
Also, is it the cold that stops annuals from growing again?
Thanks.
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Posted: Apr/03/2007 5:02 PM PST

Oh, I just noticed where you are! I don't think anything would die back there, now would it?
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Posted: Apr/09/2007 1:35 PM PST

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Originally posted by RKayne
Oh, I just noticed where you are! I don't think anything would die back there, now would it?


Ya know I think true annuals will die. I used to live in So. Cal (zone 10) and my grandparents would plant new impatiens every year.

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Posted: Apr/10/2007 6:38 AM PST

I missed your reply GG.
I guess I'll just have to plant and wait and see.
Thanks everyone!
junco
Joined: 5/10/2002
Location: Dayton, OH
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Posted: Apr/13/2007 4:12 PM PST

The main thing to remember when planting is "Know your zone". Perennial or annual doesn't matter if it's too cold or in your case, with a tropical climate, too hot for certain plants. I haven't been here for a while and this new format is freaking me out, but there is probably still a page with zones to tell you what yours is. Knowing what will grow where you live will help a lot when deciding what to plant. Warm climates have higher numbers.
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