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KansasKim
Jetmore, KS

August 19, 2006
4:19 PM

Post #2638234

Hello,
I moved to SW Kansas from San Diego this past April. I have a lot to learn about gardening with wind, frost and grasshoppers. I brought a few pet plants with me, among them is a stephanotis I have raised from seeds. It is about 4 years old, is living in a rectangular pot with trellis on my front poarch. It is very happy at the moment, in fact has just started it's first blooms ever, but, I am worried about the winter months. I would love to plant it in the ground outside. Does anyone out there have any suggestions about how I should (or should not) do this?
I appreciate any help I can get.
KansasKim
PS this is a great web sight!
tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

August 20, 2006
12:42 AM

Post #2639606

I would not plant it outside, It is not hardy here, You might consider putting it in a really big pot and move indoors for the winter months. Put it near a window so it gets some sunlight and also get some flourescent grow lights that are meant for plants to ensure that it gets adequate light. It may look a little straggly by the end of the winter but it will be alive. :)

Ann B.

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