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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!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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