keeping pere. over winter - Knowledgebase Question

kalamazoo, MI
Question by dfgquilter
May 4, 2010
I have lots of plant buckets with perennials in them. They are outside all winter and do great.
Some pere. don't surive in buckets over winter. Why do some survive and some don't?
Thanks, Dorian

Answer from NGA
May 4, 2010


Some plants are more sensitive to cold weather than others. Plants in containers have their roots more exposed to winter weather than the same plants in the ground. If the soil in the buckets gets wet from rain and then freezes, the plant roots may not be hardy enough to live. After a few years of experimentation you'll figure out which plants have the hardiest root systems and will live over, and which plants are more tender and will give up over the winter months. Hope you find some that return year after year!

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