Fall Planting - Knowledgebase Question

Hawthorn Woods, IL
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Question by jvanbergen
October 22, 2002
I've recently purchased some shrubs--Hydrangea, euonymus, and some perennial catmint. It's Oct 22 and the temperature at night will be 37 degrees all week. Should I try to get them planted or store them in a 3 season room that gets no heat in the winter and plant in spring? If I manage to get them planted now, should I use root stimulator or will it be too cold for the roots to grow?

Answer from NGA
October 22, 2002
In my experience it is almost always better to plant than to try to hold them in pots over the winter. I would plant them as soon as possible. The roots will continue to grow until the ground turns cold, this takes a while after freezing temperatures begin due to the insulating qualities of the soil and mulch you will be applying. Some gardeners like to use root stimulator, however it is probably most important to make sure the soil stays evenly moist (not sopping wet) until it freezes. Enjoy your new plants!

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