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Indoor Gardening and Houseplants: Growing Perrenials Indoors

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LJWalker
Lancaster, PA

September 12, 2011
8:11 PM

Post #8806047

I just got two plants and want to ensure that I have them survive until Spring. If I plant one out and reserve one to keep inside, are there any special considerations for growing a perrenial in a pot? The plants, in this case, are Lady's Mantle.
Any ideas will be greatly appreciated!

tapla

tapla
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

September 13, 2011
1:16 PM

Post #8806965

If you want them to survive until spring - plant them now, or over-winter them in their current containers in an unheated garage on the floor, throwing a little snow on them from time to time to ensure the soil doesn't go completely dry. Trying to over-winter at temperatures above 42* is a decidedly bad idea and will reduce the likelihood of survival to something less than 10% and pretty much ensure that any surviving plants will grow poorly in the subsequent growth period. They NEED a cold rest. Mother Nature knows best.

Al
LJWalker
Lancaster, PA

September 20, 2011
10:26 AM

Post #8816277

Thanks, Al. I thought yours was the most likely answer. Just didn't want to believe it!
mamasita
Southern Dutchess Co, NY
(Zone 5b)

September 20, 2011
3:46 PM

Post #8816639

I often have customers ask about keeping perennials indoors during our winter months. My usual response is to say that they would be happier living outdoors, unless it's something from a warmer growing zone.

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