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Laidback Gardener TIp of the Day

Get a Move On, Procrastinators:
It’s Time to Save Tender Plants

octobre 20Yes, I know, I know. You’ve been delaying the inevitable, telling yourself it hardly ever freezes before November, that you still have a few weeks to go before you have to bring in any tender plants still outdoors, but… time is officially now running out. With night temperatures well down into the 30s in the northern third of the US and throughout much of Canada and day temperatures scarcely warmer than the night ones, the time has come to realize that winter is coming early to North America this year and that you’ll have to get up off your couch and bring those plants in. Remember, even temperatures above freezing can do damage to plants of tropical origin and these cold days followed by even colder nights are not doing them any good.

I’m talking about houseplants you put outside for the summer, tender bulbs (cannas, tuberous begonias, dahlias, etc.) and annuals (cordylines, geraniums, coleus, etc.) that you want to save for next year. Get a move on or you’ll soon be looking at a soggy brown mess! You’ve been warned!

Garden writer and blogger, author of more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

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