Hello, How do I care for the following 'potted' plants in the winter ? I will...

Asked November 3, 2014, 10:47 AM EST

Hello, How do I care for the following 'potted' plants in the winter ? I will not be planting them in the ground but wait for spring 2015. store them in unheated garage or warmer basement ? Does one have to water every few weeks so they don't completely dry out ? 3 gallon Centennial blush Magnolia (3 feet tall) 2 gallon David austin Mortimer sackler climbing rose

Dakota County Minnesota

1 Response

If the shrubs are kept in an unheated garage they will need a little water.
Success is not guaranteed but is possible.Advice on how to do this successfully varies and is available for roses. I have not been able to find information for magnolias.
http://www.finegardening.com/over-wintering-roses-containers
http://www.midwestgardentips.com/container_roses.html
http://jack-rosarian.blogspot.com/2012/10/overwintering-potted-roses-in-garage.html
If they are kept in a basement and do not freeze they will need water and light. It is difficult to provide enough light.
Overwintering other shrubs
http://www.gardensalive.com/product/protecting-potted-plants-over-winter/