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


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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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