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RachelP
Sep 20, 2016 8:27 AM CST
Should I remove the seed pods from my crocosmia? They are planted in large pots, can I overwinter in my garage?
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jvdubb
Sep 20, 2016 8:31 AM CST
You don't give any indication where your pots are located. That makes a big difference if you can overwinter them in your garage or not.

I'm Southeast Michigan. I took several pots of crocosmia and put them in my cool, very dark, pump room. When I brought them out in the spring they had already grown new leaves about 4-6 inches!! The leaves were very pale. I cut them all back and put them outside. I did still get new growth and some blooms. But they were not happy. This year I am going to take them out of the pots and just save the corms.
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Bonehead
Sep 20, 2016 8:55 AM CST
I cut the seed pods stems back to about 2' when they get heavy enough that they cause the stem to droop sideways. I am in PNW zone 8 and leave the plant in the ground over winter with no problem. If you are in a zone where crocosmias are not hardy, I would think overwintering in a garage would be fine. Not sure how often you'd need to water them, perhaps monthly? I've never garage-wintered anything. If it can't make it through my relatively mild winters, I don't grow it.
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