Burying in winter?

BlakeInCanadaApril 15, 2011

I was talking to someone about my columbines & balloon flower (perennials) that I'm growing indoors, and at the time what they said slipped past me. But thinking back I don't understand what they meant.

They said (I think) I would have to move my plants out and bury them in the soil for the winter. I'm in 5b, so we get lots of snow in the winter.

I thought keeping them indoors all year would allow them to grow steady all year even if they only flower once.

Can anyone make sense of this for me?

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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Both those plants are hardy perennials and can live outdoors in your zone. Their natural lifestyle is to grow leaves and flowers in the spring and summer and to die back to a base of leaves or a root in the winter. Next spring they will grow back up again. They can continue this cycle for several years.

Most indoor plants hail from tropical areas where they are used to even temps and light levels all year round. That's why they can survive in our homes. Hardy perennials require a winter rest and trying to keep them growing all year round indoors will weaken them. You will be killing them with misplaced kindness.

They don't need to be 'buried' in Winter but they do need to be planted in the ground. This forum is quite quiet so for further help with hardy perennials you could try asking on the Perennial forum here on GW.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2011 at 2:22PM
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