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Old 10-31-2010, 10:18 AM   #1
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How to I protect potted evergreens that I just bought but will not be able to plant?


I just purchased several evergreen plants that I planned on using on my property. Unfortunately I hurt my back and will not be taking on the task. What is the best way to protect these plants over the winter? I have a raised gardent bed where I can ask my neighbor's son to temporarily plant them. Any suggestions would be helpful. I would hate to see these plants die.

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Old 10-31-2010, 11:59 AM   #2
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Leoskee -

I think it would be a good idea to complete your profile regarding location if you expect to get any sensible suggestions and feedback. - Somehow, location and climate seem to have something to do with growing things. Are you in Hawaii, Alasaka or Florida or where?

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Old 10-31-2010, 01:14 PM   #3
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Good point. Thanks.

Im in Northern NJ. Zone 5, I believe.
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Temporarily planting them, i.e. "heeling them in" is an excellent way to keep them until you are ready to plant them permanently.
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Thank you. I willl "heal" my shrubs. lol

Do I need to worry about watering them? Im scheduled for a sprinkler blowout this week.
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Yes, water as appropriate after planting.
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Thanks for the help. Had the neighbors kid start today. I should be back in action by next week, I hope.
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In our climate a lot of watering does a great job of helping evergreens through a severe winter. It is very easy to get "wind-burned" in a cold, dry winter climate. Any newly planted evergreen needs as much water a possible to come through a winter that may be colder than normal and it does no harm for an average winter.

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Mabye insulate the rootball as best as possible(mulch/fabric/etc)?
Or store in in cold celler?
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Old 11-06-2010, 03:28 PM   #10
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All plants are in. Should I mulch them or leave them be? Also, how do I protect them from snow over the winter. Last winter we had a series of storms that dropped a lot of snow. I didnt realize that the weight of the snow on plants and after things melted the some of the plants were really bent out of shape. Is there any way to prevent this from happening to the plants that I heeled in?

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