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roelex14

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Winter Storage
« on: August 09, 2009, 02:07 AM »
I live in Illinois, zone 5, and i need to know what to do with my plants during the winter.
this is my first winter through this, so im not sure what to do. Any help would be appreciated. If all else fails, imma just take em out of the pots and plant them in the ground for the winter....
 

Rick Moquin

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Re: Winter Storage
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2009, 05:42 AM »
If you don't have an unheated garage or cold frame, then plant them in the ground pot and all. It is not necessary to remove the pots. As a matter of fact you are better off leaving them in their pots.
 

Billkcmo

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Re: Winter Storage
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2009, 06:19 AM »
I am looking for pictures of my cold frame and will try to post when I find them. 
 

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Re: Winter Storage
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2009, 09:20 AM »
To give you the best advice, it would help to know what species of trees you need to over winter, as well as how big they are.  For 10 years, I over wintered most of my trees in an unattached garage(zone 6, MA)...I just mulched the pots and left them to freeze solid until spring.  The real big ones were dug in/mulched in my garden up against a fence.  Never lost one....The key is to keep them out of the winter wind and sun while they are dormant and/or the root ball is frozen.  Another place to winter trees is along your house foundation, with a northern or eastern exposure being best.  By the way, all my trees are hardy, temperate species.

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Re: Winter Storage
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2009, 08:35 AM »
Dave is right. Species is important in what's required for storage. What works for one species could kill another...We also need to know what options you might have--i.e. garage, sheds, deck, yard...????
 

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Re: Winter Storage
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2009, 09:11 AM »
Also, if you could take a moment and fill out your profile with your location and zone it will save from having to state where you are located and the questions when you don't.

Check out the welcome thread.
 

roelex14

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Re: Winter Storage
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2009, 02:10 PM »
Illinois zone 5
i have a couple boxwoods and azaleas.
around my house, i have a deck, shed, and garage.....
if that gets ya anywhere....
thanks guys
 

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Re: Winter Storage
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2009, 08:14 AM »
Boxwoods can be mulched (under five inches or so of shredded pine bark mulch, NOT nuggets) in a sheltered place on the ground. I would place the containers on bricks to provide drainage space underneath, THEN pile on the mulch. Shelter from wind is very important with boxwood. Dry winter winds will dry out and kill leaves when roots are frozen.

Are the azaleas deciduous? If so, they can be mulched in the garage (as long as temps inside there don't go above 40 for more than a few hours).

A more elaborate--but more effective set up: You can add to the protection by using a cold storage pit. Dig a pit 8 inches or  deeper --the deeper the better--in the ground. Ensure adequate drainage--with a drain line. Place the boxwood, pot and all into the pit. Fill with mulch up to the first branches of the plants--there should be drainage space underneath them. Depending on the depth of the pit and if there is any extension of foliage above the top, the pit can be covered with supported plastic sheeting...
 

Rick Moquin

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Re: Winter Storage
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2009, 03:06 PM »
 

AlexV

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Re: Winter Storage
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2009, 04:02 PM »
Thanks for the info Rick.  Having just moved to a colder climate (California --> Michigan) I have been checking out cold frames/greenhouses for my trees and this was a very helpful article.  I had finally settled on setting up a greenhouse, but I may end up with a cold frame to boot.  Thanks again.

Alex
 

Rick Moquin

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Re: Winter Storage
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2009, 06:02 PM »
Thanks Alex glad to be of assistance. I started out with the CF, but just as trees (never have enough) I built a green house as well a couple of years  ago  ;D