The F word

gottagarden(z5 western NY)September 27, 2006

FROST! When do we usually get our first frost around here? (Rochester - Buffalo) A couple of years ago I missed the warning and lost all my coleus. They are so tender, I want to take cuttings before frost, but don't watch the news. So many tender perennials to get out of the ground, etc.

I have visitors coming for a couple of weeks, and typically I use the guest room for overwintering all my tender perennials and coleus cuttings, etc. But I'd rather wait until they are gone before I start stuffing this room with evidence of my plant addictions. (It gets crowded . . . .)

Suggestions? Thanks

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penny1947(z6 WNY)

GG we could well get a frost before your visitors arrive. It feels like we are going to have an early winter. After today our temsps are going to be in the 50's low 60's during the day. I have already started taking cuttings of my tender perennials so I don't have as many HUGE plants to take care of inside over the winter...just lots and lots of little ones.


    Bookmark   September 27, 2006 at 9:52AM
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kareen(z5 NY Renss.Co.)

My coleus are still out....first year I have had luck with them . Didn't like Kong ....didn't do much but I got a trailing one that is wonderful . Please tell me how you save yours and sorry to ambush your post about frost ....I say better safe than sorry ....get them in soon. Kareen

    Bookmark   September 27, 2006 at 10:20AM
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I've lost a choleus already .. maybe the storm that came through the Buffalo area Monday nite? The choleus looked great Monday, and looked like it was hit by frost (droopy & slimy)when I saw it yesterday. Very weird ... nothing else looks bad.

A friend that was at the house commented on it yesterday too.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2006 at 1:08PM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

coleus are always the first plants to be affected by any cold wind or rain for me. I love them and have the ideal growing spot for them but they just don't do well for me up here. I used to have awsome displays down south. As soon as it started to get cold I would just take cutting, root them in water and overwinter them inside until it warmed up enough to put them back out in the spring.


    Bookmark   September 28, 2006 at 8:05AM
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