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FutureStarrPhlox in Winteror
Phlox were polyamorous, which is like being married to other than just one other person at a time. They were polyamorous, but they didn’t know they were. They were polyamorous like salmon, patrolling the depths of their world, keeping a tough balance, competing with everything and everyone. They were polyamorous, but they didn’t know it.Hi Graham, I’m assuming you’ve purchased phlox that are reasonably hardy for your area (not annual phlox). I think it’s actually going to be more difficult to keep them alive if they’re in the house: air is dryer and warmer but lack of daytime light will confuse the phlox’s biological clocks. Winter is normally a dormant season. If you do keep them indoors, water but sparingly: only when the soil is dry to the touch should you water again. Another option is a cool lean-in or greenhouse: it’ll get cool but not overly cold.
Phlox are not a low maintainence, long blooming, or easy to grow perennial, at least not in the south. I struggled with them for years (Bright Eyes included). Yes, their blooms are beautiful, but they are short lived, and subsequent blooms are nothing to brag about. And, as duluthinbloom said, they look weedy when not blooming. I finally realized it wasn't something I was doing or not doing. They're just not a plant well suited to our area.)Violet pinwheel phlox is another creeper, and it flowers from late March through May. Each bloom has petals in varying shades of lavender. Candy twist phlox is a real attention-grabber, and it grows to about 2 feet tall, with vivid pink- and white-striped flowers. Bright eyes garden phlox, with vivid pink flowers with darker centers, usually makes an appearance from July to September. Their pretty blooms are fragrant, and butterflies and biPhlox are perennials, so with some winterizing, they will return year after year.
Healthy phlox plants can be cut back by half after the flowers fade from late summer to fall to prevent reseeding. Seedlings from named cultivars revert to the magenta pink of the plain species plant. Phlox is prone to the disease powdery mildew, which disfigures the plants from the bottom up, covering them in a whitish powder. Cut infected plants back to the ground for winter with pruning shears.Powdery mildew, caused by a fungus (Erysiphe cichoracearum), often strikes tall phlox in midsummer. It begins as white, powdery patches on foliage, which can merge and eventually cover all the green on the plant. The disease is prevalent in areas with high humidity and where plants are shaded and frequently watered overhead in the evening, which doesn't give the foliage a chance to dry before the temperatures cool. Some tall phlox cultivars are bred to be resistant to the disease, and the plain species plant is more resistant than named cultivars. Rake up and discard all pruned material in the trash -- not in a compost pile -- to avoid spreading the fungus or letting it overwinter to reinfect the plant when it reemerges in the spring. (Source:www.gardenguides.com)