We had a brutally hard winter in the Ottawa area with all of January and February in the -20C range. The first two weeks of January did not even have much snow cover meaning the ground froze solid though snow finally did fall in the later part of the month in enough quantity to insulate the ground.
In the fall, I decided to try an experiment. Daubenton and some of its variations like variegated Daubenton overwintered well in my city garden but did not do so in my rural garden after we moved. My experiment was to cap all the Daubenton and Daubenton cross seedlings that I grew in 2014 with rose cones. Just that, nothing else. I wanted to see if I could increase survivability simply with something cheap and easy to use.
Then the winter came to stay. It was no wimpy winter. This was a testing year.
Colour me surprised when I discovered that not only did I get good survivability from most of the Daubentons and their crosses but that the crosses with red walking kale held out exceptionally well. There was some variation too with the pure Daubenton seedlings too promising the possibility of developing hardier varieties.
So this year, I selected out from the Daubenton crosses young seedlings with interesting colour and form characteristics. Part 2 will be seeing how they fair through winter covered.
I'll also be starting various other siblings for a mass overwintering trial. The ideal would be to find a balance between seeding and perennially while improving winter hardiness.
And yes, I do have Daubenton x Lancinato and Daubenton x Red Walking Kale for sale this year. Give it a go! Just add a rose cone.
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