Best way to protect plants from Santa Ana winds. - Knowledgebase Question

Chula Vista, CA (Zone 8B)
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Question by depechelaura
November 7, 2008
In Southern CA we have strong dry winds during the fall, for the most part I bring all of my potted plants inside depending on the forecast, to say the least it is backbreaking work. Is there a better way to protect my plants. There are potted trees as Scheffleras and other mandevillas.

Answer from NGA
November 7, 2008
The best way to protect your containerized plants during the Santa Ana wind season is to group them together against a house, shed or other outbuilding. While the winds may whip around a bit, they generally come from a predominate direction. Place them where they will get the most protection from a fence, house, etc. Tender leafed plants such as mandevillas and schefflers will tear in the wind so I'm afraid that moving them into a protected place is your only defense against those hot, dry Santa Ana's. Best wishes with your garden!

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