winter care of unplanted perennials - Knowledgebase Question

Union Bridge, Ma
Question by lindasueharr
November 16, 2009
I bought several sedums and Japanese anemones at the end of summer. I didn't plant them yet and they are still in their pots. I think it is too late to put them in the ground now. How do I keep them over the winter? I live in central Maryland.


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Answer from NGA
November 16, 2009

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In the ground is the safest place for your new perennials. If you keep them in pots the roots will be subject to severe weather and may freeze over the winter months. If you cannot properly plant them in the ground now, at least sink the pots into the garden so the soil can insulate the roots of your plants. You can plant them next spring if it's more convenient. After planting, mulch around the soil beneath the plants to help insulate the soil and avoid the freeze/thaw cycle of early spring. Best wishes with your new plants!

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