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How to care for potted perennials over the fall and winter?
I have four potted perennials (already grown; they were transplanted to pots and given to me by a friend). They are: Lucerne Blue-Eyed Grass, Dwarf Coreopsis, Early Bird Radiance Dianthus, and Spike Draecana (actually an annual, but I'd love to keep it inside over the winter if possible too). I live in a small apartment with a balcony, where the plants currently live, but no planting space. What would be the best way for me to take care of these during the fall/winter? Thanks!!
Thanks for writing! Your best bet for the perennials is to store them someplace like a garage or shed --- they need to go dormant and experience cold temperatures. Unfortunately, they're not suitable as houseplants. Alternatively, if you have some ground you can dig a hole, place the pots in, then cover them up for the winter, that would work well, too. The dracaena is easy --- that you can just move inside to a sunny spot and water it weekly or so all winter until it's warm enough to move back out in the spring.