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How To Overwinter?

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Tammie
Joined: 3/08/2006
Location: Ontario, Canada ... Zone 2a - 3b
Posts: 325
Posted: Jul/11/2006 2:22 PM PST

Can someone please give me instructions on how to keep petunias over the winter for the following summer (if at all possible)? I have beautiful deep red wave petunias this year and would dearly love to keep them for next year.

Also, is it possible to keep double impatiens the same way?

Thanks for any advice.

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shinekeeper blog
Joined: 9/24/2002
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Posts: 1277
Posted: Jul/11/2006 6:52 PM PST

Tammie, I have kept both over the winter in a room I keep closed off and unheated. I water infrequently and keep them by a window. I cut them back severely. They drop leaves and look about dead by spring, but they will come back.
Someone will probably come along and tell you how to do it right...I doubt I am.
Tammie
Joined: 3/08/2006
Location: Ontario, Canada ... Zone 2a - 3b
Posts: 325
Posted: Jul/11/2006 7:43 PM PST

Thanks, Shinekeeper, I'll definitely try it. I assumed they'd have to be kept in a dark place like I store the dahlia roots, in the basement. That's why I asked! I'd likely kill them.
Jade
Joined: 6/06/2002
Location: southwestern Ontario
Posts: 374
Posted: Jul/12/2006 12:31 AM PST

I wouldn't keep them in a dark place, they aren't a tuber. A cool room with lots of light and keep them on the dry side is what will be best for them.
Tammie
Joined: 3/08/2006
Location: Ontario, Canada ... Zone 2a - 3b
Posts: 325
Posted: Jul/12/2006 1:24 AM PST

Thanks, Jade.... that's what I'll try then.
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