potted perennials/annuals - Knowledgebase Question

Cincinnati, Oh
Question by loves58
April 18, 2009
I have annual seeds planted in pots on the deck. Do I need to bring them inside if heavy rain is expected. I also have calla lilies, cannes, elephant ears and dahlia planted in pots do I need to bring them inside for heavy rain. My plan is to move the perennials into my basement or garage this winter instead of lifting bulbs from the ground. Will the bulbs be okay in the pots over the winter?

Answer from NGA
April 18, 2009


If you can move the pots to a protected porch or deck, the rains won't have a chance to ruin them. Don't take them indoors, though, because the temperature difference might be enough to delay or retard their growth. You can store your bulbs in their pots over the winter months. Just don't water and be sure to keep them cool but above freezing. Best wishes with your containerized garden!

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