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Storing potted perennials in summer heat

Posted by jayco 5b NY (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 24, 13 at 9:23

I have some potted plants I would like to save for a fall swap. I'd prefer not to have to put them in the ground. When I'm home I can just water them often; but if I go away for a week or two when the weather is hot, what is the best thing to do? Can I store them in the basement? Thanks.


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RE: Storing potted perennials in summer heat

The best way I've found to deal with a lot of potted plants during the summer is to put them in a baby pool in the shade. Then put a couple of inches of water in the pool, and leave it for a few days. Three or four days later, the water should be gone, and the plants starting to look a bit droopy, so the process is repeated. A bit more water starting out, and they can be left a week.

The only problem I've ever had with this was when it started raining, and I forgot to get the plants out of the pool. Weeks and weeks of sitting in water isn't good, but if the pool dries out between fillings, it works well.


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RE: Storing potted perennials in summer heat

Thanks, that's a good idea!

If they don't all fit, do you think the basement idea would be bad as a backup?


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RE: Storing potted perennials in summer heat

I find that my closed garage stays cooler than the outside. It also has windows so the plants get some light. I water them really well and can leave them in the garage for a week. They need to be reintroduced to the outside slowly so they don't burn, put in a shaded area for a few days. Your basement should also work if they get light.


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RE: Storing potted perennials in summer heat

Great, thanks! My basement does get light and is usually quite a bit cooler than the outside, and since I've got many pots it's good to have two possibities.


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RE: Storing potted perennials in summer heat

^Just make sure you aren't bringing in bugs as well...


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RE: Storing potted perennials in summer heat

I keep many pots of perennials outside till they are a good flowering size - I make a long windbreak using poles and green shade netting and line the pots (at least 5inches, 1litre size) along the length of it. I can keep a few hundred pots going as long as they are both out of strong winds and direct sun. I water by hand, just running along the rows a few times with a 10litre can.


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