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very impressive, Karen. I think I have CGrimaldi also, but first year for me. I've not had great success wintering them over. I can let them go dormant, no, in a dark basement? I think they got too dried ,out perhaps. Do you feed yours regularly during the growing season?

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I cut them back severely, dig them up and cut a lot of root (they go in 15 gallon pots). There is a trunk with maybe 2 feet of stems, and these go in a basement with a south window, but they are not right at the window. Infrequent watering, I want them to stay dormant. Kept dry so they don't grow leaves, which are aphid and white fly magnets. Also why they don't go in the greenhouse. Just enough moisture in the potting soil to keep the roots alive. In May they come out to get planted directly into my raised beds again.

Karen Rexrode

feeding; they are heavy feeders and with internet research I read that they are particularly fond of "Jack's tomato food", which I think does work best. I have tried some organic fertilizers with a low analysis and it just doesn't keep them going like the Jack's.

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