Synopsis: Giving perennials, bushes and trees one or two heavy waterings during winter, on warmer days, prevents root damage
As storms lashed the East and West coasts this past autumn, many other parts of the nation experienced extended dry weather. Lack of moisture in the soil and surrounding atmosphere for months at a time can damage plant roots not receiving supplemental irrigation.
In areas where winter temperatures dip below freezing, you should only water on days when temperatures are above 32 degrees F. Colorado State University notes that one or two winter waterings are sufficient to protect plants from damage. Remember that the majority of Salvias need good drainage year round, but particularly in winter when their waterlogged roots don’t survive hard freezes.
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— Nathan Motz
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My neighbor alerted me to this nursery in California that had salvias ideal for southeast Arizona. The plants arrived in slightly larger than normal tubes but the plants were gallon size in terms of their growth with some pushing 2 feet. I ordered hard to find more frost hardy pine forest salvias with hopes they will take the 20s down here. Plants were well packed and arrived 2 days after be...
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Loved the fullness of the plants, they looked healthy, but about half were VERY root bound. We had to transplant them very shortly after they arrived. Some are now planted out and we will watch to see their development. We liked the plants, but if/when we purchase additional plants we would prefer them not to be so root bound.
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