Wintering in pots
Just curious how some others (especially in zone 5 and northern) handle wintering your hostas that are in pots. I only have 2 right now (4 if I keep the lakeside paisley prints I just received in the big container I stuck them in until I had a permanent spot ready for them and could play around with sun amount by moving the pot)
I put Great Expectations and a tiny Empress WU in pots. The Wu was just tiny when it was shipped to It had two small leaves. I figured in a pot would lessen the chance it got lost or I would weed it by accident. And the GE was potted because it wasn't doing well in the ground so I put it in a pot and it's already doubled its size this summer so I guess it likes it there.
But the winters in Iowa are not forgiving, and I've never bothered with potted plants outside, thinking it would be a headache to deal with them and worry over freeze, too much water from melted snow stuck in the pot and unable to drain because the soil is still frozen, etc... WInter is hard and spring thaw can be a different kind of difficult when all the snow melts but the soil is still frozen.
So... any midwesterner or further north uppers have any advice? They're small pots so I could stick them in the garage, but do I need to remember to water during the winter even if the plant is dormant? If I do leave them out, should I wrap the pots or bundle them with mulch?
This post was edited by ThistleAndMaize on Mon, Aug 4, 14 at 16:50