Mid Atlantic Gardening forum: Planting potted black eyed susans

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Marylan
idreos
Aug 26, 2017 7:25 AM CST
I have two large potted black eyed susans by my front door that are coming to the end of their flowering season.
Would they survive the winter in their pots?

I was thinking of possibly taking them out of their containers and planting the two in my garden. Any advice on when to do this and how best to do it would be greatly appreciated.
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Frenchy21
Aug 26, 2017 10:58 AM CST
idreos said:I have two large potted black eyed susans by my front door that are coming to the end of their flowering season.
Would they survive the winter in their pots?

I was thinking of possibly taking them out of their containers and planting the two in my garden. Any advice on when to do this and how best to do it would be greatly appreciated.


My black eyed susans survive very well in my big pots. They come back every year for the last 6 or 7 years. I'm in zone 7b. Its hard to kill BES here. You can transplant them in spring or fall. Spring would probably be better - in full sun.
Name: Critter (Jill)
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critterologist
Aug 26, 2017 5:58 PM CST
I think fall is a great time for transplanting perennials here... but I agree, they should do fine in pots, as long as we're not talking about 6" plastic pots -- but even then they'd probably survive. BES are tough plants!
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Marylan
idreos
Aug 29, 2017 7:10 AM CST
Thanks for your input!
The BES are in round 10" plastic pots which were placed in a square clay planter.
Would you think the BES would be safe from freezing weather or better buried in the pot during the cold months?
Thanks again for your advice
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Muddy1
Aug 29, 2017 8:05 AM CST
Rather than dig a hole for the pots, I would put them in a sheltered location for the winter and maybe pile shredded leaves or mulch around the pots to keep them a bit warmer.
If you know where you want to plant them, I would do it whenever you have the time; i.e. if you have time now, don't wait until spring.They should be fine whenever you plant them as long as you loosen the roots if they're root-bound and water regularly until they're dormant.

Leave the seed heads on them; goldfinches, in particular, love them!

Those are nice clay planters; I guess you know you have to put those in a dry area for the winter?
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critterologist
Aug 29, 2017 9:06 AM CST
seconding Muddy's advice!

and adding, check the top of the forum for information about the coming MAG fall plant swap (eg, big party)... if you don't live within easy driving distance, you can always make a weekend of it, go to the nat. arboretum, smithsonian, etc.

:-)
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Name: Donner
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Donnerville
Aug 29, 2017 1:03 PM CST
The BES is a very hardy plant. My concern would be more about those lovely clay planters than about the plants. If left outside, they tend to chip or crack after a harsh winter.

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