In the fall of the year, at the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening, a lot of our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) are inquires about the proper methods to overwinter some of those favorites that have been outdoors for the summer.
Bringing houseplants indoors requires some advanced preparation and this linked FAQ will provide you with the details of preparing the plants for the trip indoors and some of the environmental adjustments the plant will go thru as it adjusts to its indoor environment.
Perhaps you are one of many who have enjoyed a popular tropical such as the Chinese hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) or a star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) on your deck or patio, and you want to save it for next year. The linked FAQ on overwintering Chinese hibiscus offers several options for overwintering some of these favorites.
Bulbous type plants such as caladium (Caladium bicolor), dahlia (Dahlia), and cannas (Canna) that will not survive our winters in the ground, can also be overwintered. Our Visual Guide on Digging and Storing Cannas outlines the proper procedure to dig and store the tubers and rhizomes of these summertime beauties.
If the warm season vegetable plants in your garden weren’t bitten by a weekend frost in your location, it will happen real soon. Now is the time to harvest what’s left, including all those green tomatoes. The answer to how to store and ripen them can be found in this linked FAQ.
Our Kemper Center Factsheet on Storage of Fruits and Vegetables suggests and outlines a number of ways to preserve some of your gardening bounty.
Other October tips and tasks and other commonly found problems during the month can be found by following this link.
October is a great month to enjoy the great outdoors by accomplishing some of these gardening tasks or by just enjoying nature’s annual show of color. Be prepared! All indications are that the show will be early this year and may feature a shortened performance.
For answers to your gardening questions or to just enjoy nature’s show, visit us soon at the Center for Home Gardening.
Oh, and don’t forget those shivering tropicals!