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Help! How to Overwinter these Non- Hardy Plants, Tubers, Bulbs?

Posted by arbo_retum z5 ,WinchstrMA (My Page) on
Fri, Nov 16, 12 at 3:23

After a few years of container growing non hardy plants, I have finally organized my huge question of how to winter store the plants I cannot leave outside in my z.5 garden. PLEASE let me know anything
you can! and thx so much
mindy
www.cottonarboretum.com/
Here are MY Z.5 STORAGE OPTIONS for PLANT OVERWINTERING:
1)-- Leave in situ planted in Glazed Pots, on Risers or pedestals (covered w/ plastic shrub covers)
2)--Open Screen Porch
3)- Bury Plastic Pots in Ground Trench
4)--Shed w/ small skylight, under Mature Hemlock
5)- Tiny Cellar 60 degrees , no windows
6)- Steps under Hurricane Door leading to Cellar Door
7)- South Facing House Plant Room w/wall of windows, skylights; open to living room, 65-70 degrees;
Filled w/ pots of Amaryllis, Xmas Cactus, Queen's Tears, Ferns , so window space is precious

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HOW SHOULD I STORE THESE PLANTS OVER WINTER:
(And Do They Need Water; how often?):
Pilea- Aluminum plant
Breynia- Snowbush
Pennesetum Villosum
Oxalis Cabernet
Dahlia ( can I leave planted in glazed pots and store in cellar?)
Taro ( can I leave planted in glazed pots? cellar or plant room? )
Colacasia ( """""" )
Alocasia ( """" )
Waterlilies
Clematis w/ tulips, allium, in glazed pots
Cissus Discolor
Begonia Rex (leave in soil in pots and let dry and go dormant in cellar?)
Tuberous Begonia (leave in soil in pots in cellar, let go dormant?)
Glazed or Plastic Pots Planted With Tulips,Hyacinthoides and Allium
Glazed or Plastic Pots Planted With Lilies , Allium, Tulips
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MY PAST/CURRENT SUCCESSFUL WINTER STORAGE METHODS:
Brugmansias -are stored in cellar, planted in glazed pots
Cannas -are stored in cellar,planted in plastic pots.
Abutilon - are transplanted into plastic pots in plant room
Ppl Wandering Jew- transplanted into plastic pots, in Plant Room
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RE: Help! How to Overwinter these Non- Hardy Plants, Tubers, Bulb

the tubers and bulbs you can bury in ground and a thick layer of mulch on top, or stored in cellar in pots of soil.

other plants can be stored in your plant room or anywhere in the house; you can easily set up some artificial lighting.


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RE: Help! How to Overwinter these Non- Hardy Plants, Tubers, Bulb

I wouldnt leave any of those bulbs/tuber in ground in zone 5 dig them all and store them in paper bags in a dark place. that cellar sounds good for them. even in a bucket covered with a paper bag will be fine. give them a slight mist in maybe feb to keep them moist and replant


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RE: Help! How to Overwinter these Non- Hardy Plants, Tubers, Bulb

I store tender bulbs in bags of peat and keep them cool, not cold. Tropical and sub tropical plants are stored in a heated greenhouse or grow room with HID and T5 lights. Even though my GH and indoor plants are warm and well lit I significantly reduce the amount they are watered. Dormant plants like brugs, plumerias and adeniums get a small amount of water every 6 weeks or so, if at all.


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RE: Help! How to Overwinter these Non- Hardy Plants, Tubers, Bulb

here here!

lets here it for the cellar!


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RE: Help! How to Overwinter these Non- Hardy Plants, Tubers, Bulb

here here!

lets hear it for the cellar!


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