Fifty Degrees In February Not So Fabulous For Plants

Why is it so difficult to have everything? Fifty degrees in February is fabulous, but it makes perennials heave. Now, I’ve got to admit every time I hear a grower say their perennials “heaved,” I try to hide a shouldn’t-laugh-at-a-funeral type of smile. Even though the term is funny, this is serious business. Remember in science class how…
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Dangerous Time Of Year For Perennials

A year ago we experienced nearly unprecedented winterkill of perennial flowers. Often several intertwined weather and environmental conditions contribute to the problem. But one of the major causes of winter die-out is occurring right now, in late winter. The months of February and March are very dangerous times to be a perennial flower. Warm spells alternate…
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Why Plants Need Winter Insulation

I like gardening words and phrases because they’re often quaint. One of my favorites is asking someone if their perennials heaved. No, it doesn’t mean the plants were sick to their stomachs. It means the perennials literally heave up out of the ground when their roots are torn from the freezing and thawing action of…
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