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Name: Bea Kimball
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Buzzbea424
Jan 15, 2018 11:49 AM CST
When clearing large potted annuals from a bed is it best to pull the whole plant root and all or to cut the stems at ground level and leave the roots to decompose?
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Yorkshirelass
Jan 15, 2018 1:28 PM CST
Personally I would pull up the whole lot and prepare the ground ready for whatever is wanted next in the vacated space. That way the ground isn't choked with dying roots.
The soil may need a dressing of fertiliser and soil conditioner (eg compost) to replace the nutrients removed by the annuals and to increase the moisture holding capacity for new plants.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jan 15, 2018 2:08 PM CST
Confused Are the annuals in pots or planted beds?
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Zencat
Jan 15, 2018 3:32 PM CST
Or are the pots embedded?
Name: Bea Kimball
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Buzzbea424
Jan 15, 2018 6:46 PM CST
They are in beds, both sun and shade. Some have only roots, others the roots are sometimes still enmeshed in the soil ball when pulled which is why I asked.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jan 15, 2018 7:19 PM CST
Got it! Pull them up, whack the root ball on the ground a couple time to loosen any dirt and toss them into the compost or garbage.
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Name: Bea Kimball
Little Rock, Arkansas; (Zone 7b)
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Buzzbea424
Jan 16, 2018 9:55 AM CST
Thanks.
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Name: Bea Kimball
Little Rock, Arkansas; (Zone 7b)
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Buzzbea424
Jan 16, 2018 11:15 AM CST
Ironically, it's been so warm that even annuals didn't die back until very late. Then it got too wet to walk on the beds to do a final clean up. The lantana were blooming till the holidays. The ones in a very large wall planter may or may not survive this week's cold.

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