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"Team Overwinter" or "Team Buy New"

By Trish
December 21, 2013

As the first day of winter has officially arrived, annuals have been put away for the year. Let's talk about how you treat these tender plants in your garden.

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Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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TBGDN
Dec 20, 2013 7:19 PM CST
We like to see what the new offerings are each spring. And it gives us a chance to see what each nursery is offering in our area. We are fortunate to have three country nurseries within 10 miles, and you can actually see what you get as far as colors, varieties, etc. With that said we have a bunch of volunteer annuals like zinnias, marigolds & petunias which pop up everywhere and sometimes they turn out to be real nice. Lamb's Ear re-seeds new plants so we feel we get freebies from them.


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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Dec 20, 2013 8:37 PM CST
Overwinter plants? Get cuttings to root instead of rot? I've READ about such things, but never tried them myself. Well, not successfully.

I start from seed. The space limitation is not how many TRAYS I have room for, it's how many 4" pots I can keep under lights.

I keep intending to make a low hoop tunnel or lean-to cold frame to hold young plants after potting up from seedling trays, but there are enough gardening chores on my "need to" list that I never get to my "intend to" list.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Dec 20, 2013 8:51 PM CST
I don't overwinter any annuals. I just buy new plants each spring or some I start from seed. Things like 4 o'clocks just reseed themselves!
Lincoln, NE
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Moby
Dec 21, 2013 8:35 AM CST
New plants or seeds ~ no overwintering here.
Where are we going, and why am I in this hand-basket?
Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Dec 21, 2013 9:52 AM CST
My preference is to be able to devote most of the budget to new additions, not replacements, to have the most overall diversity. I don't buy many, if any, plants that are true annuals because my plan is always to keep plants indefinitely. I'm going to spend the same money, no matter what survives over winter inside or out, so have honed what I spend on over the years.

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Name: Mariah McNail
Farmington, MO (Zone 6a)
LiriopePisces
Dec 21, 2013 1:00 PM CST
I've tried overwintering, but things just look so tired and depressing in my spare room by February I chuck them.
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Region: United States of America Region: Indiana Vegetable Grower
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TBGDN
Dec 21, 2013 3:44 PM CST
LiriopePisces said:I've tried overwintering, but things just look so tired and depressing in my spare room by February I chuck them.

Mariah,
Welcome aboard ATP. Glad you are here and I tend to agree.
Leon
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