Questions tagged [overwintering]

Questions about how to ensure that plants survive winter, including mulching for protection, or digging them up and storing them indoors while dormant.

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Overwinter chillies

Are my chillies dead or will they come back in the summer??
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Can I overwinter this Alocasia bulb

From the moment I saw this club-shaped thing sticking out from the topsoil, I knew it was a bulb or a corm. This one accidentally broke-off, but luckily I have at-least one more around the plant which ...
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What are hazards of cold weather and frost to tree seeds and seedlings in northern nursery?

I have never got a good intuition about threat of frost for these trees in my nursery. I have many seedlings in pots or air prune boxes, 6-12" soil depth w mulch on top. I am in zone 5 where we ...
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Overwintering chilies

I planted some chili plants at the beginning of the season and they have done very well so far. Had quite a good crop. The varieties are Apache, Carolina Reaper, Chocolate Habanero and Trinidad ...
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At what age/size will an avocado tree survive a European winter?

Me and my brown thumb finally managed to grow an avocado tree. I'd like to grow it for a while and then plant it in the garden in a few years. I read that avocados shouldn't be left outside during the ...
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Overwintering Lavender Meerlo

I have a lavender meerlo Picture source I live in Austria, I think zone 7A (-17.8°C - -15°C). My apartment is on the 4th floor, facing north. I'm reluctant to leave the plant on the balcony during ...
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Entire apple seedling was eaten, but miraculously came back as two. Now what?

At the beginning of the pandemic, house bound, I decided I wanted to try germinating apple seeds from fruits I had consumed. After a dormancy, one of the seeds actually sprouted and I was obsessed ...
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Is this a climbing rose?

I had this rose bush for a few years and I used to cut it back in winter. Two years ago it grew some long stems and I decided to let them and see if they can survive winter, which they did and they ...
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Curing avocado root rot

I have two 2 years old avocados. Sadly, they weren't feeling well last few months: leaves started to drop and side branches started eventually to dry out. After massive googling a root rot due to ...
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My strawberry shoots keep wilting and dying back.. am I over watering?

I recently bought ten Strawberry 'Honeoye' Bare Root, soaked the roots in luke-warm water as instructed and left them for 24 hours before potting in a mix of compostable and clay pots.. I used broken ...
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Are my Azaleas damaged?

These Azaleas I planted last spring look like they were damaged during winter. I was wondering if I should prune the dead looking stems or if I should wait for them to put on leaves.
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What to do to pelargoniums after overwintering in cellar

I have a couple of pelargonia in pots. They live on a south facing balcony, and generally seem pretty happy there in the summer. (In my previous posts, they lived elsewhere and were much less happy. ...
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Care for unplanted saplings in winter

I was recently shipped 10 Norway Spruce saplings from the Arbor Day foundation. The problem is that it's mid December and the ground is frozen. I was thinking I should plant them indoors to let the ...
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Overwintering green-leaved potted strawberry plants

I have a healthy, fruit-producing 'Elan' strawberry plant that created six runner plants this year. It's now November and I want to overwinter all seven pots. I plan to put them in the cellar (we ...
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Are these elephant ear bulbs worth planting

My neighbor moved and said I could dig up her elephant ear bulb. It was huge when I dug it up I left it outside and it rained for 3 days and even frosted before I could do anything with it The little ...
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Is a Windmill palm with some green at the base, but no green fronds, alive?

Last spring (1.5 years ago) we planted 3 Windmill palms. We live in SW PA, so we knew it was up in the air as to whether they'd survive here. The first winter we winterized them by tieing the fronds ...
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How do you properly winterize a potted climbing rose?

Earlier this year I planted two Tess of the D’urbervilles climbing roses in 20" pots in my garden. These roses grew to about 3' high this year and began wrapping around the trellis that I had setup ...
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How to handle potted Japanese Maples for fall and winter

I have several larger potted plants and trees i usually bury in my garden box for the winter. I root a few clipping from a Japanese maple, got about 6 plants in 6 inch pots. The 2 biggest are near 8 ...
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Can a dark but warm environment put plants into dormancy?

I bought a Juniper. During winter, can I make it undergo dormancy by putting it in a dark but warm (around 20 - 25 degree Celsius) location? Thanks.
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Zone 4 - Can you overwinter garlic too early?

I live in Zone 4 (Minneapolis area) and I'm wondering if it's possible to plant garlic too early for overwintering? I had a bed free up earlier then expected that I'd like to turn and mulch but I don'...
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Protecting geranium outside in winter

I have some pots with geranium in my garden. Since where I live winter comes with some frost and snow, I have already confirmed that leaving the geranium in the garden will make them not survive the ...
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Can dilute latex paint or bordeaux's solution be used to reduce winter desiccation?

Trees in cold climates lose water to the dry air when they are warmed by the sun (direct and reflected) but have frozen roots, so can't replace lost water. There are products like wilt-pruf and vapor-...
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How to introduce an overwintered banana tree back outside for the summer

We got a banana tree last year and brought it inside to overwinter it. The tree was never put into the ground, it stayed in a large pot and is still in the large pot. Our overwintering method was to ...
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Potted trees stored in cool basement are leafing out early, what to do?

Despite being advised to heel in trees or simply cover potted trees in mulch over winter, I did bring some potted trees indoors in a dark, cool (~50F), fairly dry (~30% relative humidity) basement. ...
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How to prepare these Hydrangeas for healthy growth in Spring and Summer?

I have a few of those hydrangeas and some others like below I left them alone during winter. Now do I cut them down to the root? Or do I leave them alone like that? What to do? I am in Pacific ...
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Can trees be propagated/started over winter indoors, or would that 'tire them out'?

I found a calendar of propagation activities which seems very helpful, and it says that hardwood cuttings can be taken and started for deciduous trees throughout winter. I imagine those cuttings would ...
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Can garlic be planted in the winter, in hardiness zone 5 inland northeast USA?

I got a bunch of garlic bulbs to plant a couple weeks ago but winter struck early and I didn't manage to plant them yet. We've had a foot of snow and 2 cycles of snow/thaw so far, and for at least two ...
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What is happening to my Agave attenuata

I have owned the depicted Agave attenuata since about half a year. It was outside until early November when local temperatures became too cold. Now it resides in in a light, moderately heated room. (...
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Should I water my indoor plant with warmer water during winter?

At the moment where I live the ambient temperature ranges from -5 to 5°C (23 to 41°F) and will get colder. I have an indoor plant and I noticed that after I water it, the pot and the soil remain ...
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My particular geranium situation for winter (must keep it at desk at work, can't do it at home)

I have a geranium which I really like, and I need to do the right thing for it this Fall/Winter. It's too cold here to keep it outdoors, but I can't keep it at my house because we have a cat who will ...
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Keeping up the chili pepper ripening process while suffering from drastic climate change

With the frost approaching rapidly in my area, I brought inside a few potted chili pepper plants for overwintering. Some of the plants, however, still have lots of unripe peppers on them (hundreds in ...
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Heat and light a 6’x7’ room for plants

I have a 6’ x 7’ room (1.8/2.1 m) that I want to heat and light to bring my outdoor potted plants in for winter. How much light do I need? Will a 150 watt r40 flood light do the trick? Hibiscus mainly....
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Are my mini roses well and truly dead?

Last year I bought a potted mini rose. When it started doing poorly on the windowsill, I decided to let it try its luck outdoors. It turned out to be two plants and they both took off. Here's one last ...
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Should I remove or leave the plastic around the trunk of my new tree?

This tree arrived today to me via mail: (Click on the pictures for larger view.) It is wrapped in several layers of plastic. I plan to plant it in couple of days. I will remove the plastic ...
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Potatoes left in the soil for winter

I did not have time to dig out the purple potatoes I've planted during the spring, now it's early winter, not much frost is expected in this area. Will they survive if I leave them in the soil and ...
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What edible plants can be grown in cold climates?

I live in Minnesota (U.S.). It starts to get cold from September (sometimes snows as early as October) until about mid-April (I’ve seen it snow as late as May some years), but I want to do year-round ...
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Can I overwinter a banana tree on an unheated sun porch?

Can I overwinter a banana tree that is growing in a container in an unheated sun porch in zone 5? Do I cut it back, water it just enough to keep it from drying? Should it be exposed to light? Would ...
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How aggressively can you prune chilli plants?

I recently pruned my chilli plants after watching some videos on topping. I was more aggressive on plants where there were signs of new growth further down the stem. In other places, I left some side ...
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Moved tree nursery in Fall, new area has heavy deer browse, how to protect the baby trees?

I'm growing a small backyard potted-tree nursery (~20 trees from seedlings to <1in. saplings at this point). I recently moved to a new house, not very far but far enough where the deer browse has ...
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Storing potting soil and reusing the next year

Am I being silly for thinking that it's good idea to store the potting soil I've used in my annual pots? As the first frosts are approaching here, we empty our terracotta pots that were filled with ...
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Should I bury my blackberry/raspberry canes in mulch over winter?

I have some blackberries and red raspberries, and I'm not sure how to winter-prep them. After pruning (which I'm skipping this year, since the primocane raspberries are only in their first year), how ...
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Delosperma (Ice Plant) indoors during winter

I live in Canada and it will soon be time for me to bring in my succulents and cacti. Last year I brought in two Delosperma plants and within less then a month they both died. they were both very ...
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What's a good alternative to Incandescent Christmas lights for frost protection?

I understand that gardeners used to wrap trees in Christmas lights to provide frost protection as incandescent lights gave off quite a bit of heat. Try as I might, I've been unable to find any ...
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Does wind chill affect plants?

Aside from breakage, does wind in freezing weather damage plants? In hot weather, wind causes faster evaporation and can kill a plant by drying it out that way. How can air movement damage plant ...
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Why should we cover rose plants in the winter?

We live in Minnesota, where it gets quite cold in the winter and the ground freezes well below the depth of the roses. We have a row of rose bushes which we inherited from the previous owners of our ...
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Applying straw mulch - should straw touch tree base?

For winter protection, I know wood chip mulch is supposed to be placed a few inches away from the base of the plant for breathing room. Does the same go for straw mulch?
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Nuances of propagating deciduous tree cutting at leaf off stage?

I'm trying to propagate some deciduous trees from cuttings I've taken. I have 3 different stems for each of 2 trees I've collected from (one being a red maple, the other being a mulberry). Both will ...
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What's the best germination temperature for Grand Rapids lettuce?

I tried to germinate lettuce indoors at 27 degrees Celcius (80 degrees Fahrenheit) in the day and 17 degrees Celsius (62 degrees Fahrenheit) at night, but they did not germinate. What is the most ...
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Over wintering banana trees inside the house in USDA zone 5

I live in USDA zone 5 and have banana plants planted in the ground. I know I need to dig them up and bring them in (I left them out one year and covered them up but they didn't survive). The ...
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How do I overwinter potted fruit trees?

I have 3 apple trees and 2 cherry trees that are about 6 to 7' tall in the original plastic pots. The plan was to take them to our land over an hour away last spring but then we decided to hold off ...