planting outdoors - Knowledgebase Question

Clarksville, Tn
Question by cool1012
May 12, 2007
I have planted my potted plants outside and have to dig them up for winter. What's the best way to do this? I have an hibiscus and a few other plants that I would like to take and plant outside as well. Is there an easy way to do this?


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Answer from NGA
May 12, 2007

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Usually these types of plants are grown as container plants on the patio or deck, this makes it much easier to bring them indoors and I believe it is less stressful on the plants because they do not lose any roots. Sometimes gardeners will plant them in their containers and allow the roots to grow through the drainage holes. This makes uprooting them much simpler. They will probably grow bigger during the season but in my experience it is more stressful on the plants to uproot them. When planted directly in the ground, there is no easy way to move them indoors in the fall.

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