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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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Do I have to bring my potted plants inside during the winter?

The general rule is that if the plants are hardy two zones colder than where you live, they'll be fine outside in pots. So for you that would mean they'll be fine if the plants are hardy to zone 4. ...
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Can plants have too much light, or do they need night/rest?

Actually.. Here's a study that shows tomatoes do pretty well in a 24 hour continuous, but they varied the temperature and they didn't get the spotting that had occurred with 24h lighting in the past. ...
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Why is the grass under a temporary skating rink green when the rest of the lawn is dormant brown?

If you are in a place that's so consistently cold that it occurs to you to set up a backyard skating rink that means it gets really cold throughout the winter. What the ice and plastic has done is ...
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How to prepare herbs for winter?

The term you are looking for is perennial, describing plants that can live for many years. Your rosemary, thyme and peppermint fall in that category. Of these, rosemary is the most frost-sensitive, ...
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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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How to acclimate a store bought plant to a home-outdoors?

The little starts you buy at the grocery store have recently undergone a huge amount of stress, and wilting after being brought home is relatively common. They are usually grown fast in a greenhouse, ...
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Garlic scapes drooping during a cold winter without much snow. Will they survive?

Yes, cold paired with no snow cover is hard on top growth, but garlic cloves will survive the winter in zone 6b (where I am also, incidentally). In my area, it's common for the top growth to die back ...
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Overwintering pepper plants

I am trying this right now. I have some transplanted into cold frames with an additional cone of opaque greenhouse film over them and christmas lights available for the coldest nights. It's been ...
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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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Can plants have too much light, or do they need night/rest?

You need to distinguish between vegging and flowering when it comes to light cycles! Vegging light cycle can be 18-24 hours under MH (Metal Halide with a good Daylight Spectrum Bulb) or fluorescent ...
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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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How can I protect small fruit plants that were planted in the fall to survive the winter?

In my experience here on the edge of zones 4 and 5, fall is a fine time to plant perennials and small fruits. I've planted as late as early October with no winter protection other than a few inches of ...
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How to acclimate a store bought plant to a home-outdoors?

Plant your rosemary outside. It does horribly inside. There should be enough time for it to acclimate and put down some roots before it freezes. Don't fertilize it with a product high in nitrogen! ...
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Is early October too late to plant a Pussy Willow in southern Ontario?

Do it. Pussywillows are tough. If you can dig the hole, you can plant the tree. Roots will stay active until the ground freezes hard. Be even with your packing. Late fall planting results in non-...
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Can I overwinter runner bean seedlings for cropping the next season?

The stress from overwintering and moving will detract from the advantage given by the advanced growth of the plant, and they will likely not produce near as much as a regular crop. If they are ...
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Staking a Weeping Willow

Yes, secure it with soft rubber like ties at three points which are attached to stakes in the ground. Bicycle inner tubes work well for a soft tie. stakes can be wood or metal or plastic but should ...
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Wintering a banana tree? should it be like this?

I grow a lot of these sort of plants that are 'subtropical' and bring them in. I think you need to either: Provide a relatively warm place with lots of light This will allow it to grow properly ...
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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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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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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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