overwintering plants - Knowledgebase Question

Standish, Mi
Question by shgoecke
October 7, 2009
zone 5 How can I overwinter: Coffee cups, West Indian Kale; Mexican Feather Grass; and Papyrus, King Tut?


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Answer from NGA
October 7, 2009

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Coffee Cups Elephant Ear will go dormant in the cold weather. When frost nips the foliage, cut it from the plant, lift the tuber and store it in dry peatmoss in a cool location that remains above freezing. Replant in the spring. Kale is a cool weather plant but it is an annual and will die down at the end of the fall season and there's no way to coax it into growing again. Mexican Feather Grass is a perennial and after the tops die down simply mulch over the plant to help protect it from winter weather. New growth will appear in the spring. King Tut Papyrus is a tender perennial and must be taken indoors in fall before first frost for overwintering in a sunroom or greenhouse. Bright light is essential for this plant so find a sunny area. It will be quite happy to grow indoors over the winter months.

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