[NAFEX] Potted Culture - Winter storage?
Kristina & Bruce
herenorthere at lycos.com
Fri Mar 12 22:10:46 EST 2004
Tom Olenia asked - Although the unheated garage offers a good place for winter storage, as the weather warms, the plants in there never fail to start spring growth too early. They end up having leaves, long before it is safe to have leaves outstide.
I know some people start moving the plants outside and back inside, but is there a better solution? Will the thawing and refreezing at this point in the season be too extreme, or is a shaded northern exposure fine?
I think keeping plants dark is critical to avoiding premature leafulation. That way they have no idea winter has left. I keep figs in a detached garage that has only one small north window. And I wrap those figs in burlap, which further darkens their world.
Many people's potted figs leaf out too soon in garages, but my figs are always deeply dormant when I bring them out. In fact, maybe too dormant. From numerous discussions, the major difference I see is my trees are kept in the dark. But I haven't tried this with fruit other than figs.
1/2 mile outside Hartford, CT
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