Saving Container Plants: Overwintering Techniques for Keeping Tender Plants Alive Year after Year. A Storey BASICS Title [NOOK Book]

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Enjoy your favorite container plants year after year! From geraniums to fuschia and beyond, many container plants can be overwintered and enjoyed again the next season. This Storey Basics guide offers simple techniques for overwintering a variety of common tender perennial plants, based on what kind of dormancy the plants go through in their native environment. You can easily overwinter most plants with few to no pest problems, simply by giving them the dormancy conditions they need. Includes a ...

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Saving Container Plants: Overwintering Techniques for Keeping Tender Plants Alive Year after Year. A Storey BASICS Title

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Overview

Enjoy your favorite container plants year after year! From geraniums to fuschia and beyond, many container plants can be overwintered and enjoyed again the next season. This Storey Basics guide offers simple techniques for overwintering a variety of common tender perennial plants, based on what kind of dormancy the plants go through in their native environment. You can easily overwinter most plants with few to no pest problems, simply by giving them the dormancy conditions they need. Includes a plant-by-plant guide for quick reference.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
06/01/2014
This is part of the "Storey Basics" series, in which nuts-and-bolts advice on sundry topics is packaged compactly (5" × 7"), briefly (around 100 pages), and inexpensively ($10). Contributors are touted to be experts, as are the McGowans: he is currently assistant director of horticulture at Wave Hill (in the Bronx, NY); the couple formerly owned and ran specialty nursery Blue Meadow Farm in Montague Center, MA. Their book should make it easier for gardeners who struggle with the autumn dilemma of what to do with their favorite "tenders." After explaining why one should bother with overwintering, the authors discuss the principal indoor environments: sunny and warm, cool and bright, dark and damp, and dark and dry. Other subjects include the storing of bulbs, corms, and tubers; and propagation techniques; the authors also provide lots of tips about common pests and problems. The book concludes with a plant-by-plant guide (103 kinds); here, one surmises, will be the spot many readers will start. VERDICT DIYers will appreciate the book's focused approach. There's not much to look at here—this is as far from garden porn as one is likely to get—but that's the point. As someone else has said about Storey's lineup: many of its books are a call to action. In other words, don't read—do!—Robert Eagan, Windsor P.L., Ont.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612123622
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 7/11/2014
  • Series: Storey Basics
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,327,274
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

For 18 years, Alice and Brian McGowan owned and operated Blue Meadow Farm, a specialty nursery that was well known for its selection of unusual tender plants. Brian is now the assistant director of horticulture at Wave Hill and Alice is a freelance garden writer. The couple lives in Hyde Park, New York.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Gardening with Tenders

                What Is a Tender Perennial?

                Selecting Which Plants to Keep

                Why Grow Tenders?

Part 2: Overwintering Your Plants

                Overwintering 101

                Sunny & Warm

                Cool & Bright

                Dark & Damp

                The Importance of Temperature

                Setting Up Your Site

                Preventing Pest Problems

                Specific Pests and Diseases

                Spring: The Transition

                Storing Plants Outdoors

Part 3: The Tender Palette

                Quick Tips for Overwintering

                Plant By Plant

                Sources for Plants and Seeds

Index


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