Ornamental grasses can be really challenging to over winter in pots. If you cover the pots with white plastic like I show here that helps a great deal because it keeps them dry so they don’t rot. But uncovered, they don’t do well in pots over the winter here in the north.
So this year I decided to pull them from the pots and heel them in a bed alongside one of our container areas. Basically we just slipped them out of the pots, heeled them in the bed root ball to root ball and filled around them with potting soil. This will allow them to stay moist enough, but not too wet over the winter.
If you look closely to the left of the photo you can see a bed of sand that is now Full of Hardwood Cuttings that will Root over the Winter. Yes, uncovered, covered with snow, ice in freezing weather and they still root.
The reason that ornamental grasses don’t do well in pots over the winter is because the soil in the container freezes, then water sits on top of the container and slowly seeps int the soil rotting the crowns of the grasses. By pulling them out of the container we will hopefully eliminate the problem.
You can’t see it in these photos but not only did we tag these plants aluminum tags that cannot fade but we also have boards between the varieties so come spring there will be no question about what is what.
Never, ever, ever use permanent markers to tag your plants!
Not only do they fade, the writing becomes completely invisible! Know what works better? A #2 pencil!
Better than that? A #3 pencil. I just ordered some #3’s from Amazon.
Come spring when we pull these grasses out of this bed we will divide them and multiply our inventory exponentially. That’s what’s awesome about this business!
Since I am just now getting around to doing this post on December 18th, I decided to throw in some winter photos of the nursery. When I arrived at the nursery yesterday everything was snow covered and beautiful! Enjoy!