I have several plants (alike) that I can't remember the name. It sounds like "petaluma". I am trying to look for information on how to make it grow well. I have them in two different spots but all get direct sun and there is a bubbler at every plant for water. Would you know the name? The leaves are a deep burgundy color and the flowers are small and pink. Thanks for any help.
I think you are looking for Loropetalum, also called Chinese Fringe Flower.
This article will help with their care:
If I trim my Chinese fringe plants low to the ground, will they grow back thicker? They are about 6 ft high. Louisiana
The plants may be pruned to keep them in a smaller size. And yes, pruning them back will encourage denser growth.
For more information about chinese fringe plants, please visit the following link:
How can I keep a fringe tree down to lower size, not a tall tree, and how to trim down the sides as not to have a large spread? This is our first tree of this sort and our yard is so it can't take anything real tall or overgrown. That's why I would like to know how to prune it down and keep it sort of low!
A Fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus) can reach heights and spreads between 12-20 feet. Fringe trees actually require very little pruning since they naturally keep good form. Any pruning that is done should be done after the tree flowers or goes dormant. As for reducing the height - you will not be able to reduce the height by topping the tree as this is detrimental to the tree's health and vitality and will shorten its life span. More information on tree topping can be found in the following article:
I planted six of these last year in front of my house. They get full sun most of the day. They looked great for months after I planted them. However, now a few of them are starting to turn brown and look like they are dying. I did not prune them in the fall, although they were getting kind of wispy, but was planning on pruning them soon (early spring). Could that be why they are turning brown, or should I admit defeat and come to terms that some of them have died? Thanks for any help/advice you have to offer! Jamie Ball
Check the watering levels. Though the Chinese Fringe are quite drought tolerable, they may not be established enough.
Adding some hardwood mulch will help with moisture retention.
Here is a link to refresh you on the care requirements.
I was given 2 fringe flower plants that look dry and not happy. I don't know if I should pot them and overwinter them inside my house. I normally keep my house at 64 degrees.I can also have them at my dad's where the temperature is around 76. Where should I overwinter them best? My dad's would have more light. Or pot them and keep outside?
Loropetalum will not winter over in your growing zone.
You can move the pots indoors and allow them to go dormant. Cut the plant back if it has any dead material. Choose a cool location and water only occasionally to keep the soil from drying out completely.
Bring the plant back outdoors when the temperatures have warmed and there is no danger of frost.
Will they flower and last in zone 3..northern Minnesota
The Missouri Botanical Garden says Schizanthus pinnatus is hardy to zone 2. It flowers in spring and will do best if it gets protection from hot afternoon sun. Other sources list it, and S. wisetonensis as annuals. The later blooms in summer. Check with the seed company but I wouldn't count on it acting as a perennial. It may self-sow and come back that way.
Can we grow from branch, and when do we take out seeds?My flower has dried up....but I can't see the seeds.
These seeds will be, roughly, the size of pepper granules and similar in color. They can be hard to spot. The best way to harvest these will be to take a dried flower head, and open the base of it to reveal the tiny seeds.