How do you prepare your A incarnata MW for winter?

mary_littlerockar(8a-7b mid Arkansas)October 6, 2011

Should I cut the plant stalks back now or wait until spring?

The reason I ask is because I cut one plant back as it looked like it was preparing for fall. The leaves had been completely eaten and the stalks were turning yellow. I noticed a small hole in the center of the cut stalk, which could allow water to seep in. I can put something over the top of this one plant stalk to try and keep water out if you believe this is likely to damage the roots during the winter.

This is my first winter with these plants where they've had mature growth during the summer. Last fall they were just little things and I left them alone. This year they're standing about 4.5 to 5 ft.

Mary

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butterflymomok(7a NE OK)

Mary,

I don't do anything to prepare the A incarnata for the winter. I just leave it be. In the spring, I will cut back the dead wood as the new growth appears. My older plants are not doing so good this year, so I will probably replace them next spring. The plants seems to lose vigor after several years.

Sandy

    Bookmark   October 6, 2011 at 4:20PM
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mary_littlerockar(8a-7b mid Arkansas)

Thank you, Sandy. I will leave the rest of the stalks alone until spring growth. To be safe, I think I'll also cap the stalk already cut, so winter moisture won't drain down into the root ball via the little hole in the stalk.

Mary

    Bookmark   October 7, 2011 at 11:11AM
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