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Old 10-28-2008, 10:42 AM   #1
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Is there a book explaining what plants can be winterovered in my basement and how? I live in Michigan with a Michigan basement.
The frost very little has not had any affect on the plants yet.

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depends on what type of plant and the conditions in that short basement.

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I'd love to know, too. I have gaura, geranium and a tropical Mandevilla I want to keep in my Chicago basement. Not sure if I need extra light or what else I need to do.
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Generally, any herbaceous perennial that is not cold hardy should overwinter fine in a basement once it has gone dormant. An example in the Atlanta area would be Pennisetum (Fountain grass). It will die if left in the ground but dug up and left overwinter in a garage is fine. I cut the foliage back to about six inches, just enough for a "handle", and just put them over in a corner somewhere until spring.

If it is not herbaceous, that is, does not loose its leaves and go dormant, then it will need to be brought into a lighted room. Think of a houseplant.
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Generally, any herbaceous perennial that is not cold hardy should overwinter fine in a basement once it has gone dormant. An example in the Atlanta area would be Pennisetum (Fountain grass). It will die if left in the ground but dug up and left overwinter in a garage is fine. I cut the foliage back to about six inches, just enough for a "handle", and just put them over in a corner somewhere until spring.

If it is not herbaceous, that is, does not loose its leaves and go dormant, then it will need to be brought into a lighted room. Think of a houseplant.
Ok I think I'm ok, I made a long two teer bench, set all the planters in a row. ( 12 of them all potted )
added a small amount of water. and a floresent light on a timer .
the basement is generaly about 50 degrees through the winter, unless it gets below zero for an extended time. .Then I will open the vent from the furnace this will control the temp. If the leaf's fall off I will cut them back to three inches.
I will keeep a log as to what plants make it, what won't. Trial and error ?

Wish me luck !
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