Ask a Question forum: Potted Perennials - to plant, or not to plant, before winter

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Neptune, NJ
Oct 29, 2018 9:19 AM CST
I have a bunch of perennials that I purchased this summer. They're likely all root bound by now, and I know some of them have rooted themselves in the ground through the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot. At this point I'm not sure if it would be better to try and get the plants in the ground before winter, or leave them in their pots, and deal with them in the spring. I would really appreciate some expert advice on this as I am just a beginner. I live in zone 7a along the New Jersey shore. The plants include hosta, catmint, lavender, Japanese azalea, dianthus, rose, delphinium, polemonium, bee balm, rhododendron, Echinacea, heuchera and bleeding heart.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Oct 29, 2018 9:59 AM CST
I think you still have time to get them in the ground if done soon. Keep them watered until the ground freezes (if it does in your zone).
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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Oct 30, 2018 5:03 AM CST
Can go either way, but if they stay in their pots, surround the actual pots with soil or mulch. Just don't want the sides of the pots subject to extremes of temperature by sitting exposed, even if the roots are rooted into the ground below.
We do still have plenty of weeks before ground freeze.
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