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fall/winter is almost here-outside pot help


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27-Aug-03 12:13 PM EST
Susan27-Aug-03 02:13 PM EST 6a   
Annette28-Aug-03 05:44 PM EST   
Susan29-Aug-03 06:06 AM EST 6a   
Annette16-Sep-03 08:26 AM EST   


Subject: fall/winter is almost here-outside pot help
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Date: 27-Aug-03 12:13 PM EST

I live in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. This is my first winter here and I only have room for 2 small flower beds, so I put plants in pots this years. Calla lilies, Moonflowers, perrenials and annuals. Is it possible to keep my perenials for next year? I heard once to lay the container on it's side so it doesn't get water sitting in it and some plants like Hostas will do fine in pots. I know Moonflowers get large and aren't the best in pots, but I love them *S*...I hope they will winter over in the pots. I've been thinking of sitting one pot in our shed, bringing one inside and leaving one on it's side outside and see who, if any survive. Has anyone tried to work with pots before? I dug up an impatient last year and kept it inside all winter and it came back beautiful this year. I didn't trim it or anything. I live in a triplex so I only have 2 windows facing East and 2 facing west. I left a begonia right in the container it grew in last year, cut it down, left it in my laundry room just as it was and it came back this year. I saw it start to sprout in early spring so started to water and it came back. Just haven't tried with regular garden perenials yet.


Subject: RE: fall/winter is almost here-outside pot help
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 27-Aug-03 02:13 PM EST

I think some of the things you list are annuazls (Moonflower...?) or things that need to be lifed and stored (calla lilies...? I've never grown them, so I'm not sure...) but for true perennials, maybe you could try what I do with my strawberries and used to do with herbs before I started my herb bed. I grow a lot of strawberries in pots because I don't have much sun in my yard other than on the driveway so I have to grow all my veggies and such in pots. I water my strawberry boxes well in late October or early November - depending on how mild the fall is, then bring them into the unheated garage for the winter. If we get a thaw in late January or so, I give them a bit more water. In mid-March I start watering them on a regular basis - they look pretty dead at first but are growing strongly by the end of March. In early April I put them out on the driveway, covering them with floating row cover to protect them against cold (and the snow storm we got in mid-April this year!) They last about three seasons in the pots and then the soil is exhausted and the plants weakened. I start new pots each year from the runners. I've used the same water-store in garage - bring out early under cover for strawberries, herbs, a wood aster and petasites so you could give it a try too. Good luck....


Subject: RE: fall/winter is almost here-outside pot help
From: Annette
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Date: 28-Aug-03 05:44 PM EST

Thanks Susan: I put strawberries in my little flower bed and needless to say they multiplied pretty fast and I had to pull a bunch out this year as everything else was being smothered. It seemed a shame. I would have loved to found homes for them and someone in need of, or wanting strawberry plants. I might try them in pots and keeping them in out little storage shed, as we don't have a garage. If it works out well, I might take them out of my garden completely and just enjoy the potted ones. Thank you for your help.


Subject: RE: fall/winter is almost here-outside pot help
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 29-Aug-03 06:06 AM EST

Annette - strawberries grow really well for me in the pots (boxes actually - I have been using largish window box type planters but they really don't hold enough soil. This year I'm growing the runners into large heavy plastic storage boxes with holes drilled in the bottom for drainage. The boxes hold 3 cubic feet of soil.) I've been using a mix of about 2/3 hanging basket potting soil with the water crystals in it and 1/3 composted sheep manure. I also give the plants 10-10-10 slow release fertilizer in the spring. From 4 window box planters I've been getting between a pint to a quart of strawberries daily in peak season at the end of June/early July. The strawberries are a mix of June-bearing and day-neutral varieties (not sure what the names are...) so I get a few strawberries all summer continuing into early October! For some pictures of them, go to:

http://albums.photo.epson.com/j/ViewPhoto?u=4134383&a=30782334&p=64707946&f=0

http://albums.photo.epson.com/j/ViewPhoto?u=4134383&a=30782334&p=64708194&f=0

http://albums.photo.epson.com/j/ViewPhoto?u=4134383&a=30782334&p=64707948&f=0


Subject: RE: fall/winter is almost here-outside pot help
From: Annette
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Date: 16-Sep-03 08:26 AM EST

Thank you Susan. Over the weekend I got out 2 window boxes that I haven't been useing and put some strawberries in them. I left some in my garden as well, just incase the boxes don't make it through the winter. The links you sent me opened up fine and I enjoyed the pics. --Now to try and find room in our shed for the planters over the winter--lol...tight fit! Thanks


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