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I saw a Sochi tea plant in a catalog that was hardy in zones 7-10. Since I am in zone 6b, I was wondering if I could successfully grow these without wrapping in tar paper or anything like that. I am down in a valley, so there wouldn't be much wind. The space I would have for it would be right next to a wall. If it would help, I could put on a 2" shredded wood mulch. Would this be a good idea, or a waste of money?

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Which direction does the wall face? A southerly facing wall would get the sun, for example. –  winwaed Jan 11 '12 at 4:10
    
Wall construction material might be relevant too: dark stone will absorb sunlight and release heat at night whereas a white wooden wall won't help as much. –  bstpierre Jan 11 '12 at 17:22
    
@winwaed I edited the question With the information you wanted. –  jmusser Jan 12 '12 at 2:10
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Check your zone on line. I live I live in NYC and used to be zone 6. I am now listed as zone 7. Due to global warming many of the zones have recently changed. I have also had good experiences with calling the seller and asking for advice. They are usually very helpful.

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