Here comes frost - what to do with my baby Endless Summer?

tulipsmiles(6 South of Boston)September 21, 2010

I propagated 3 Endless summer plants this summer and they are doing well. They are currently in large, 5 gallon pots and are approximately 6 - 8" tall and about the same size wide. It doesn't look like they are woody yet.

My question is, what do I do with them as the colder weather approaches.

Do I keep them in my garage all winter?

Should I make a protection with wire and leaves around them and just keep them outside?

I really don't want to have to plant them in the ground just yet, as I'm not sure where I'll ultimately put them.

Any and all info is much appreciated!

Tulipsmiles

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WendyB(5A/MA)

I overwintered an Endless Summer last winter in my unheated garage. I was just experimenting to see if it might bloom better (it didn't). It overwintered fine. I actually forgot about it in the spring and I brought it out a little later than I would have liked. But it leafed out just fine.

Sounds like a pretty big pot for a 6-8" plant. Make sure you do not get root rot with too much wet soil.

ALl my garage overwintered pots get packed in styrofoam peanuts to insulate the root ball somewhat.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2010 at 7:16PM
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cloud_9(z5 CT)

As long as they are already in pots leave them in the garage. The flip side to not keeping them too wet - remember to water them lightly a few times over the winter.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2010 at 10:54AM
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WendyB(5A/MA)

I use holiday milestones to try to remember to water them. If they are watered well going in (around November), I check them on New Years Day and St. Patricks Day. On St. Patricks day I will move them out of the depths of the garage close to the door so I can start acclimating them back to the real world. I will keep the garage door open when I am home.

btw, I have a window in my garage that my plants are within sight of. I am not sure if that is required for garage overwintering success.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2010 at 7:45AM
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sue36(Z5 Maine)

I have successfully overwintered them in my slightly heated garage (heated to 45).

    Bookmark   September 29, 2010 at 3:23PM
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