can they survive the oregon winte? - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by KATSMEOW51
September 4, 2010
i started sunflowes & sweet basil 6 wks ago. do i need to bring them in before winter? everything i plant dies. these are gowing nicely & i want to keep it that way.thaks

Answer from NGA
September 4, 2010
Sunflowers are summer annuals and they will die when frost arrives. They won't make suitable houseplants because they need at least 8 hours of direct sunshine. Next year start your sunflower seeds in late April or early May and they will flower for you by the end of July. Basil is a tender plant so it won't be happy outdoors when nighttime temperatures drop below about 50F. They will grow well indoors in a bright windowsill so bring yours indoors before temperatures drop too low.

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