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Old 07-31-2009, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Until I can get my deer fence up I am going to have to grow many hosta and other perennials in containers-most of which are not terracotta.

I'm a bit concerned about winter damage and I'm hoping somebody in my area can reassure me that my plants will last thru the winters here.

Many thanks
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Old 07-31-2009, 10:28 PM
 
Location: oregon
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Hi
Zone 7 other coast..I have a fushia, a mint another odd plants in pots and they do winter over ok..Our lowest temp in the winter will be maybe 26 and some snow..I would make sure they are protected and maybe cover the most fragile on your coldest nights..mine are in plastic pots.,also don't forget to water in winter..
try it but don't be too sad if you loose a plant or two..
good luck
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Old 08-01-2009, 07:33 AM
 
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I put evergreen plants such as boxwoods, sky pencil hollies and even nandina in my pots with ivy and they do ok all winter here in northern Alabama. It can get pretty cold here and I am on the mountainous side of Huntsville. What I like about these plants are they are still there on cold days. Hostas die back and can get root rot pretty quickly in a pot on those real rainy periods.
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Old 08-01-2009, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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For hosta and other perennials, drainage is key to keeping them alive through the winter. Mix in copious amounts of sand with your potting soil. And put gravel at the bottom of the pots. Be sure to place them in a sunny location for the winter. They'll warm up during the day and radiate that heat out at night. And use large pots, nothing smaller than a 3 gallon container. You need the thermal mass to retain enough heat at night. You might even want to consider digging holes to sink the entire pot into. Then mulch everything well with chopped leaves.
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Old 08-01-2009, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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thanks everybody-good suggestions.
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