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

Posted by tulipsmiles 6 South of Boston (My Page) on
Tue, Sep 21, 10 at 12:57

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!


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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

  • Posted by sue36 Z5 Maine (My Page) on
    Wed, Sep 29, 10 at 15:23

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

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