planting quart perennials now

mrtulinNovember 1, 2010

I'm sure this has been asked and answered many times but I need to hear it again:

I live in Lexington MA where winters are not consistently snowy. I am not going to try to winter over my new quart perennials in their pots.

They will either go into their new spots or I'll plant them in the beds where I "grow on" small plants I 'd unpot them.

What is your opinion and or experience with either option. ]

My inclination is to put them in the raised planting beds. At least they'll all be in one place so I can continue to water for a few weeks, and mulch easily when the soil is completely frozen.

I managed to forget that in the past I haven't had great luck planting perennials this late/ I figured there wasn't enough time for good root development. But these were terrific bargains and I was looking for these particular plants.

So what would you do to maximize their chances of surviving> /They are all epimediums and two fall anemones; can't get much tougher than these.

Thanks so much


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mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

Epimediums I haven't had any trouble with fall planting, and I'd call 1 quart ones quite large. Fall blooming, Japanese anemones, OTOH, haven't been easy to established whenever they are planted, and fall seems to be particularly bad.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2010 at 6:50AM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Marie, I've had epimedium dry out in a pot over the summer, appear dead and tossed on the compost pile with roots exposed and survive and replant them the next year. I think they should do fine for you. Have never grown anemones, but have heard too, that they are tough. I have buried my leftover pots in my raised veggie beds in the fall, in their pots and had very good luck doing that.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2010 at 12:55PM
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