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wrapping the pots for winter


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Michelle12-Nov-00 01:31 AM EST   
Brian @ Prairie & Parkland Plants12-Nov-00 07:14 PM EST   
Michelle12-Nov-00 11:28 PM EST   
Marina13-Nov-00 01:15 AM EST   
Michelle13-Nov-00 02:24 AM EST   
Brian @ Prairie & Parkland Plants13-Nov-00 04:49 PM EST   
Linda14-Nov-00 11:44 PM EST   
Michelle19-Nov-00 11:37 AM EST   


Subject: wrapping the pots for winter
From: Michelle
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Date: 12-Nov-00 01:31 AM EST

I've got a bunch of pots outside that I want to protect from frost. What shall I do? I've thought about wrapping them in burlap then with bubble wrap on the outside. Would that work? I've got about 8 of them to wrap.


Subject: RE: wrapping the pots for winter
From: Brian @ Prairie & Parkland Plants
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Date: 12-Nov-00 07:14 PM EST

It takes alot to protect them from freezing in Alta. Wrapping won't do. If the plants are sensitive to frost, bring them inside & place them in a cool area of your basement. Monitor them thru the winter as to their moisture. Don't let them entirely dry out, but keep them just moist, not wet. In early March/April you can bring them into a warmer area where they will get sunlight, East is best. Much like you would do with an Amaryllis. Let it rest then bring it back into it's growth period. If your plants can survive our extreem coooold, then place them in a Northern site where the Sun & Chinooks won't awake them before Spring. If you require further information, ask again.


Subject: RE: wrapping the pots for winter
From: Michelle
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Date: 12-Nov-00 11:28 PM EST

Thanks for the tips but, I live in Delta, B.C. and in a small townhouse where there is no basement. This is why I needed to know what I can do about them sitting outside. Any tips for this would be appreciated.


Subject: RE: wrapping the pots for winter
From: Marina
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Date: 13-Nov-00 01:15 AM EST

Brian's suggestion of keeping the pots on the north side of the house sould work, as long as the plants you have would normally be winter hardy in Delta. If you feel they rally need extra protection later on, you could pile the branches from your Christmas tree over them.


Subject: RE: wrapping the pots for winter
From: Michelle
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Date: 13-Nov-00 02:24 AM EST

I think I have to clarify myself....I mean the actual pots themselves, not what is in them. I'm worried about cracking and chipping from the frost.


Subject: RE: wrapping the pots for winter
From: Brian @ Prairie & Parkland Plants
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Date: 13-Nov-00 04:49 PM EST

Michell; Thanks for giving more information. It would help if many of the questions would give more detail as we come from different climates, soils, zones etc. How much frost do you get in Delta? It isn't anything like in Alta. Could you just put them into boxes and then put insulation around the pot or pour in zonolite or peat moss? Just something that would get you through the coldest of days that you would encounter during the winter? I presume from your last message that the pots are clay or some other material that would break, not plastic or metal. What size of pots are they now in? Possibly they are ready to be transplanted into larger pots. If that is the case why not move them into plastic pots and overcome this problem? Keep asking if this doesn't meet your needs.


Subject: RE: wrapping the pots for winter
From: Linda
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Date: 14-Nov-00 11:44 PM EST

If you keep your pots dry, out of the sun and don't bump or move them when they are cold they should survive the winter without weathering too much. In other words cover them with something that isn't too ugly and dig them back out in the spring. A tarp should work.


Subject: RE: wrapping the pots for winter
From: Michelle
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Date: 19-Nov-00 11:37 AM EST

Thanks for the suggestions. In Delta, BC we get that bone chilling cold and my pots are terracotta. Last year I wrapped them in a stiff packing wrap and the sides were ok except the top rim which I couldn't cover so it's chipped in places. I heard that burlap might do the trick, wrapping it like a gift - underneath the pot to the stem of the plant. I think we're considered zone 8 here, by the way.


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