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Beginner Gardening: Watering Perennials during Winter

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Woodbridge, VA

December 9, 2012
5:23 AM

Post #9353484

Hello -
I'm new to caring for perennials during the winter and have a couple questions. I have two coneflowers and a hibiscus. All seem to have gone into their dormancy. Am I supposed to be watering these regularly throughout the winter? If so, how much, approx?

Also, at the end of this last summer 2012, I put in some tiny butterfly bush seedlings that were supposed to be perennials. 3 of the 4 looked like they were dug up and destroyed (probably by the possum I know visits from time to time). The largest of them held out a bit longer, then seemed to 'die' but probably went dormant. Should I be watering that plant, too, although it looks dead?

Thanks for any advice!
Opp, AL
(Zone 8b)

December 9, 2012
6:37 AM

Post #9353535

I've never watered a dormant plant (outside) in OH or AL.
Worcester, MA

December 9, 2012
11:07 AM

Post #9353764

Yeah, I'm assuming they're outside too - and in the ground.


central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

December 10, 2012
8:55 AM

Post #9354624

I don't do any winter watering either

When planting tiny bareroots or seedlings I cut those large plastic pots from the nurseries and stick it down in the ground and surround the plant to protect it till it gets bigger and stronger
Woodbridge, VA

December 15, 2012
4:43 AM

Post #9358730

Yes, they are outside in the ground. Thanks everyone!

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