Plants in terra cotta planters in zone 5
I live in zone 5. I planted hens and chicks in a couple of terra-cotta planters this summer and they are doing GREAT. My question is, since they are in terra cotta planters (strawberry pots) can they be left outside in the winter? I live in zone 5 and I don't leave the planters out in the elements because they will break. I don't want the hens and chicks to die either.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Terra-cotta planters certainly can break during the freeze/thaw cycles of winter. Perhaps you could find a spot where the planters will be protected. Cover them to keep out winter rains and snow. And mulch around them to keep temperatures more constant.

Answered by BHGgardenEditors
Community Answers (2)

As long as the pots are kept dry they will safely survive the cold weather. I used to do ceramincs for a living and always kept my items I was selling in the van between craft shows. As long as there is room between items and nothing gets wet they should be alright.
Submitted by barb_froelich