PROTECT YOUR PERENNIALS

‑Perennial plants are supposed to survive winter in our area but there are steps that you can take to ensure their survival. Rhododendrons, evergreens, boxwoods, azaleas and hollies all benefit from just one application of an anti-transpirant such as‑ Wilt Pruf which helps lock in moisture during a time in the winter while your plants are frozen and suffering from drying winds. Wilt Pruf is a brand name that I knew you would recognize but any anti-transpirant will do. These products are also beneficial any time you transplant new, young plants at any time of the year. You can also spray your fresh cut Christmas tree to keep it from drying out so fast.

Dormant oil spray is another product usually applied at this time of year to kill, by smothering, insects and disease such as fungus. If you are like most people, you just figure that cold winter weather will freeze these problems away but if that were true, why then do we have mosquitoes every year? They survive. Dormant oil must be applied only during weather with temperatures above 45 degrees or warmer and best applied while the plants are dormant, any time from November through March.

Tip of the Day…If you still have a poinsettia from last year, keep moist, stop fertilizers by mid-November and place in a very sunny window in a room that receives no light during the night such as a spare bedroom.

The Waynedale News Staff

Doug Hackbarth- Broadview Florist & Greenhouses

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