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

Chula Vista, CA (Zone 8B)
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.


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Answer from NGA
November 7, 2008

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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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