Plant Care - Knowledgebase Question

Coram, NY
Question by nancymarullo
September 12, 2006
Please tell me how to protect my beautiful Pony Tail Fern over the winter without lifting it. It's in my garden directly in front of the house facing East. I live in Suffolk County, NY and our winter temperatures go below 20 degrees.

Answer from NGA
September 12, 2006


Your zip code places you in winter hardiness zone 6B with average winter lows to between zero and 5 degrees below zero. This plant, Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers', is only winter hardy to zone 9 -- lows in the 20's (above zero.) Unfortunately there is no way you can protect it enough to survive the winter outside. You can however dig it up and grow as a house plant during the winter. Or, you could plan on replanting a new plant each spring. I'm sorry I can't be more encouraging.

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