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Why should we cover rose plants in the winter?

In the UK, where I live, none of this is necessary, so I've just been researching this subject. It seems that what you are doing, all parts of the procedure, are essential if you want your roses to ...
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Does wind chill affect plants?

In general, wind chill on its own isn't an issue for hardy plants; however, wind chill combined with below freezing temperatures may cause problems in a few hardy plant stems and leaves. Air in winter ...
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Should I bury my blackberry/raspberry canes in mulch over winter?

I am zone USDA zone 3 b to 4 and you can't kill blackberry plants. I have mine growing with morning sun in a raised bed beside a concrete foundation. Every year, dead to the ground, every year eight ...
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Solar powered electric help for winter roof garden?

If you're worried about freezing, keep them warm somehow (heat mat/cold frame/both). If you want to boost photosynthesis use lights (not UV, but red and blue). So the first thing is to decide what ...
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Nuances of propagating deciduous tree cutting at leaf off stage?

Hardwood cuttings work best for mulberry; though you haven't said which variety of Acer you're trying to propagate,softwood cuttings are more likely to be successful,or from seed. Softwood cuttings ...
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Applying straw mulch - should straw touch tree base?

In general, no mulch should be piled up against a woody trunk or woody stem. If you're using straw for insulation purposes because winter is coming, just leave a little clear space, an inch or two all ...
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How aggressively can you prune chilli plants?

I'll help with a few suggestions on pruning. First however, you need to know that those leaves FEED your plant. Topping to make a plant thicker is fine but this usually works best with lots of sun. ...
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What edible plants can be grown in cold climates?

Minnesota can have a 20 degree temperature range in the winter, depending on where you live; here's the map. I'm assuming that you're in or near Minneapolis (Zone 4a), where it might hit -30 F in ...
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Potatoes left in the soil for winter

Yes, they will growth again. Potatoes are the winter house of potato plant (Solanum tuberosum). But you will have too many plants. I think in spring, you should harvest them and replant some of them (...
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Solar powered electric help for winter roof garden?

Plants, like us, need a specific amount of daylight and nightlight, rest and adjustment to seasons. You will be putting a strain with the extra light on your plants, in addition to their attempts to ...
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How should I overwinter my potted clematis in Massachusetts, Zone 6a?

I agree with Srihari, generally, and also with most of what Stormy says, with a caveat. Assuming they've been outdoors all summer, plant them, now - but don't plant into a mound (sorry Stormy!). I don'...
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What color should a greenhouse be?

Several of the answers here are incorrect. Green plastic absorbs green light or reflects it which is why it appears green. Green is chosen because if you want to reduce the light intensity to the ...
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What's the best germination temperature for Grand Rapids lettuce?

It does sound quite hot for lettuce germination. For those of us in the US, that works out to 62F at night, 81F during the day. Grand Rapids is an heirloom variety from here where I live in the Great ...
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Should I bury my blackberry/raspberry canes in mulch over winter?

I never mulched reds, yellows or blacks in the Chicago area. The only problem was the rabbits ate them when there was snow cover on the ground.
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What edible plants can be grown in cold climates?

The first things you should do are these: For long-lived and/or expensive perennials, in cold areas, I personally recommend looking for plants that can survive hardiness zones that match the record ...
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What can I do if last year's crocuses did not bloom?

Given that you're in zone 9, you're too warm for crocuses to successfully bloom; they're rated no warmer than US zone 8. You could get them to bloom by giving them a cold treatment for the winter. ...
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Can plants have too much light, or do they need night/rest?

I would like to point out that plants do not have an "anaerobic" phase. Plants ALWAYS "breathe" O2. Just the net balance during the day is the production of O2 by photosynthesis because that only ...
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What color should a greenhouse be?

While looking for an answer to this question myself, I came across this article which talks about actual studies that have been done regarding the colour of plastic greenhouse covers. In particular it ...
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How should I overwinter my potted clematis in Massachusetts, Zone 6a?

There should be enough time to allow your plants to acclimate to the soil and their new home before the weather turns too harsh and freezing. If your plants are used to being outside in the sun, I'd ...
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What type of plastic covering would be good for a heated greenhouse in the winter?

They make "overwintering film" (4mil, I think) which is supposed to work for 1 season. I have no experience with it. I have considerable experience (by now) with 4-year, 6 mil, IR-UV-AntiDrip ...
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Is my crepe myrtle dying because of winter season?

Those are the cotyledons, the first set of leaves and this is totally normal. Your plant looks very healthy. How big is this pot? I am having trouble with scale. This has been a bit of work for you ...
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Should I bury my blackberry/raspberry canes in mulch over winter?

I discourage the idea. The moment a cane's tip touches the ground, the plant is seriously tempted to grow roots. Plus, the canes bend easily while young, once they mature, they tend to break or get ...
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Moved tree nursery in Fall, new area has heavy deer browse, how to protect the baby trees?

For 100% certain protection put the fence up asap. Orchardists have been researching this for years and fencing is the only guaranteed protection. An 8' tall fence if vertical, or 5' height if ...
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What do you do to rhubarb in the winter?

I have half a dozen rhubarb 'Timperley Early' at my allotment. I stop picking the stalks in late June/early July then I just ignore them for the rest of the year. In the winter the foliage dies and ...
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How do I prepare planters with sedum and hen and chicks for winter?

We have a dozen of more of these planted with various succulents and experiments and we garden in zone 5a which is colder than your zone. Winter preparation is to move them to an area with good snow ...
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How should I overwinter my potted clematis in Massachusetts, Zone 6a?

What specific species of Clematis do you have? Or do you have photos? Where exactly are you located, or do you know what your specific USDA Zone is? Identifying the plant species and variety and zone ...
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What color should a greenhouse be?

There are other questions to ask. Where are these Green covers coming from and which market were they designed for? Perhaps for example these green plastic greenhouses were made in China. Now since ...
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Are there any varieties of Elephant Ear that are hardy enough to withstand a zone 6b winter?

You're on the cusp of being able to overwinter some varieties of Elephant Ear, Colocasia. I found what you did, that of the very cold hardy varieties, zone 7 is pretty much the lowest advertised. ...
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Can plants have too much light, or do they need night/rest?

I've had plants of all types my entire life.I honestly believe all "living" things need a rest. Just like the change in seasons, everything gets that growth spurt in the spring after that long rest.
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Is my crepe myrtle dying because of winter season?

Stormy's recommendations would work well for you. In addition, to your comment about the cotyledons getting lighter, you might be over-watering your sapling. Also, be sure that you can confirm they ...
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