Ensuring plants survive winter

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What color should a greenhouse be?

I'm shopping for a greenhouse to protect my tropical fruit trees from winter frosts. While browsing, I noticed that greenhouses are predominantly green or clear. What are the advantages of each color? ...
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Can Ranunculus bulbs be re-used in cold climates?

I've planted ranunculus for the first time this year in Minnesota (USDA zone 4). I beleive that these are not winter hardy here but can these be dug up, stored and replanted like dahlias, callas, ...
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Should I cut back hibiscus/rose mallow for winter in Minnesota?

I just planted my first Minnesota hardy hibiscus/rose mallow. Should I cut it back in fall or overwinter it intact?
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Glass vs plastic greenhouse covering: pros and cons

When building or buying a greenhouse, it seems to me that the material to use is one of the first concerns. The two options I'm trying to compare right now are glass and plastic films. The ...
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Growing Goji berry plant in Ohio

I am entertaining the idea of growing a Goji berry plant in my backyard. I have several fruit trees already and have good soil conditions. The plant would be permanently outdoors and would not be ...
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Should I prune Rudbeckia for winter?

My Rudbeckias have had a great 2nd summer, have now grown up to 60cm ish in height and have flowered like mad for at least a couple of months. I'm just wondering how best to care for them over the ...
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How to protect potted vineplants from cold temperatures?

I have two vineplants in 40-litre-pots on my rooftop garden. This will be their first winter outside and I want to protect them from freezing to death. I live in an area where there are a lot of ...
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Will onion sets overwinter in USDA zone 4?

I have garlic, and ornamental onions and chives planted. They overwinter, how about those bargain onion sets I bought? I planted the bag of twenty or thirty but it was a dry summer and those I ...
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My habeneros have shrunk over winter!

Since we don't get frosts, I kept my chillies over winter, replanted them into beds, and most have survived very successfully. I was excited to see them flower early in spring, however the fruits ...
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Wintering Carnivorous Plants

The flies, fruit flies, mosquitoes, and moths are getting really annoying and the spiders in the house aren’t helping much, so we want to get some carnivorous plants to put around the house. Our main ...
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How to overwinter potted rose-cuttings?

Similar this question I potted rose-cuttings using the described in BBC's Gardener's World (cutting August-shoots in 20cm long "sticks" and place them into drained soil). I did this in the end of ...
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How to overwinter potted cuttings from an Abelia?

In early June and in late August I took cuttings from an Abelia (not exactly sure which species it is, it flowers from Mai/June until November in white). As the how-to I found described, I potted ...
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Can pansies overwinter in Central PA?

If I plant pansies among bushes in my landscaping, will they come back the next spring? I live in Central PA.
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Can plants have too much light, or do they need night/rest?

Because we live in southern Canada, in the late fall, my mother likes to take as much of her garden indoors as she can fit, for the winter. She usually brings in her potted palms, a few flowers, at ...
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How do you overwinter a container plant?

What are the basics for overwintering a plant? Where is a good place in a house/apartment to overwinter a plant? In general, does this require special supplements/artificial lighting?
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What should I do with geraniums during the winter?

I brought my geraniums indoors for the winter. Do they need light? Should I water them? Should I cut them? If so, how short? When is the best time to take cuttings (i.e. during winter, start of ...
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What is the best way to over-winter bananas?

The new house also has a couple of banana trees! What is the best way of over-wintering them? I am in USDA Zone 8a and we've just started to get frosts. From the research/asking around that I've ...
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Can portulacas be overwintered indoors?

My portulaca is growing a clump of short stems at the base of the plant like a sedum. The sedums use this to grow the next years growth. Could I dig my portulaca up and overwinter it indoors? Update: ...
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How do I care for potted apple seedlings over the winter?

On a whim, this spring, I planted several apple seeds in a large pot just to see if they would grow. Two seedlings have come up and are very healthy looking, despite being munched by deer, and the ...
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Is it worth keeping indoor pepper plants alive over the winter?

It's not quite time yet1, but I'm wondering if it will be worthwhile keeping my indoor peppers plants alive over the winter. What I've stumbled across so far seems to indicate they will probably just ...
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Miniature Rose Wintering

I have a miniature rose plant growing in a large (about 2 foot cubed) container outside, where it has been doing very well. The bush is about 3 feet tall now, and I've had it since February (started ...
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How much time does clover need to establish before winter?

I'm planting Mammoth Red Clover as a cover crop -- it will grow all next year in a couple of my garden beds, and I'll plow it under the following spring (~18 months from now). I'd like to get it ...
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Cut lupines to the ground, will they grow back next year?

Our lupines (also called lupin in the UK) were done flowering for the year and were harboring an aphid infestation... so I mowed them. Are the "stumps" likely to regrow next year or do the plants rely ...
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How do I keep red wiggler worms alive overwinter in the Northeastern USA?

I'm going to be moving into my first house soon in Westchester County, NY. I've done a lot of container and patio/balcony gardening and am looking forward to having a real backyard garden. I want to ...
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How are dahlia tubers overwintered?

I grow several types of dahlias every year, and dig up the tubers in late Fall to keep them for next year. I cover them in potting compost and put them in the back corner of my basement which is ...