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RE: Question re: Astilbe


Some suggestions:
move the pots to a cold garage.  Still gets the cold treatment required,
but is out of the wind which drops temps further.  
wrap container in bubble wrap.
crowd containers together against house and wrap outer edge with insulation
bury containers in leaves, mulch for insulation.


> [Original Message]
> From: Donna <justme@prairieinet.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 2/26/2003 10:00:54 PM
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] Question re: Astilbe
>
> To those using perennials in containers.... how are you overwintering
> them? I have always been worried I would lose them when the roots froze
> above ground, ie in the pot. Do you insulate the pots, transplant for
> the winter? Somewhere I either heard or read that you had to allow 2
> zones hardier for them to survive. Truth or fiction?
>
> BTW, your container sounds awesome Ceres....
>
> Donna
>
> > 
> > Jesse, I love to use the unusal in a  container planting however I
> would
> > suggest other plants to provide interest.  Astilbe foliage is not that
> > interesting by itself when not in bloom.  The astilbe I have in my
> garden
> > do
> > not bloom for very long.  In addition, may I suggest a painted fern at
> the
> > edge of the container so it may spill over the side, a hosta (Halcyon
> is
> > one
> > I like to use, great substance and will pull the blue from the fern)
> or
> > heuchera (Regina is a favorite), a fushsia for a litle color and your
> > astilbe
> > center back.  Also, maybe a little ivy to provide flow.
> >     If you have a problem maintaining moisture add a layer of moss on
> top
> > of
> > the soil.  This will help keep the soil cool, maintain moisture and
> also
> > prevents splashing soil outside the container when watering.
> >     I think this would be very nice in an old sizeable crock.
> >         Ceres
>
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