Overwintering Container Plants.

Discussion in 'Container Gardening' started by Bluebell, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. Bluebell

    Bluebell Apprentice Gardener

    Sep 28, 2005
    Hello everyone, I've only just discovered this forum in my desperate hunt to discover how I can overwinter hanging basket and other container plants e.g. Million Bells, Nepeta (sp?) etc.

    I've only got a tiny garden but I've bought one of those small staged-and-plastic-covered-�£20- mini-greenhouse-thingies which I shall endeavour to keep frost-free.

    If anyone has any simple tips on taking cuttings of Impatiens, fuchsias and geraniums, these suggestions would also be gratefully received.

    Thanks in anticipation,
    Bluebell [​IMG] :confused:
  2. Ladybird

    Ladybird Gardener

    Feb 16, 2005
    hi Bluebell you can never guarantee this plants you listed, will survive winter in that greenhouse. Geraniums and Fuchsia usually do, but cut them back hard and maybe cover them with some type of fleece. not plastic, if we have a severe winter...a lot depends where you live too.. and is it south facing ? Busy lizzy are a bit more sensitive and best bring in house, they can then still flower in winter with a bit of warmth. Look for seed pods now and sow them in about end Feb / March.
    Good luck !

  3. Liz

    Liz Gardener

    Sep 17, 2005
    Hi, I agree with ladybird- most of the common conainer plants are easier to grow from seed than to overwinter, if you have room you can start them early on your windowsills. I had a little plastic greenhouse and found that my main problem was mildew etc. because it's hard to keep the plants damp enough in a confined space. But don't forget to water! I found that geraniums and fuschia are better kept somewhere dry but frost free, then put them in your greenhouse in March to get them going more quickly. My neighbour and I take cuttings of Busy Lizzies and grow them indoors overwinter, as backup for the main plants. I have always 'unpacked' the hanging baskets to avoid rot and conserve space- I expect you were going to anyway.

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