Winter Care of Container Campanula - Knowledgebase Question

Gurnee, IL
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Question by jjpeter2
September 28, 2000
My campanula have grown so well that they are spilling out of their giant planters on my deck! How should I care for this perennial before the snow flies? Should I let it die back on its own or cut it down? Does it need to be mulched? Can I leave them out on the deck all winter?

Answer from NGA
September 28, 2000
You can leave the tops alone until frost kill the stems, then remove any browned portions. Next spring, trim them back again. Campanulas are very cold hardy, container plants are always more susceptible to winter damage because there is less insulating soil around their roots and crowns. If you have a place to plant them right in the soil, that is the best option. If you opt to keep them in the planters, shelter them from wind and insulate the roots by wrapping the sides of the containers or settling the pots into the ground. Once the ground freezes you could also lay some evergreen boughs or similar light and fluffy mulch over top of them to prevent damage from freeze/thaw action in the soil. Snow cover provides even better protection. Best of luck!

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