has anyone north of VA Beach succeeded with Nolina?
Posted by DavidMDzn7 on 1/26/2016, 7:30 pm
Any kind of Nolina. I ask because I feel like I've never seen one in DC or points north. At the Udel botanical garden, for example, there's actually a reasonably good xeric collection with a healthy Dasylirion and various yuccas. I myself had a healthy Dasylirion texana in my first garden in Northern Virginia.
It seems like Nolinas just aren't as hardy. I've tried 'La Siberica' from Plants Delights a couple times, and it just melts whenever winter turns a little wet and cold. Another also died, I can't remember which...maybe N. nelsonii. One of the N. erumpens I collected myself in the SW died at what seemed like a fairly high temperature, even though I know they came from an area that went down to 0F. I'm letting the one that is still alive get a little bigger this time, before trying it outside. I think it also needed a drier spot.
I'd debating about trying Nolina nelsonii again, and keeping it potted until it gets a little bigger. I guess N. texana should be the hardiest, but is hard to find. It's also very grassy looking.
The N. erumpens I collected resembles N. texana but has broader leaves so it looks more like the Mexican Nolinas, but it doesn't form a trunk as I believe they sometimes do.
It will be interesting to see how my Agaves survive being snow covered, since the way it drifted this time blew it right onto the areas that are usually snow-protected. I actually don't know how Udel kept their Dasylirion alive through 2010, but somehow they did. The wet, prolonged snow cover that year killed a couple small Yucca rostrata of mine. They probably would have been OK if they'd started trunking. Which species are they? Sorry, I'd have to look that up! They are not the 2 or 3 super hardy ones though.