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Potted herbs in winter

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by jbo on November 17, 2004 09:24 PM
I'm hoping someone can help me out...
I have potted thyme, chives, greek oregano and tarragon that have done very well outside all summer. As the nights got colder, I brought them inside, and they were doing well, but now I'm not sure that I did the right thing. I didn't re-pot them, and they're only getting diffused light from a southern window. Can I put them back outside to give them a rest for the winter? Is there anything I should do to re-acclimatize them? It hasn't snowed yet, but the nights are sub-zero temperatures.
by weezie13 on November 19, 2004 05:32 AM
Chives are a good possibility,
They are very hardy and multiply readily if
you don't cut the flowers heads off...
I started with one pot of them,
I now have 6 clumps after 5 years with them.

What growing zone are you in??
This one here says it's okay up to zone 6. Greek Oregano

And Tarragon is also iffy depending on your zone,
I didn't think it was too cold hardy, I know it's a perennial, but not too much into the colder zones.

Hope this helps a little...


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by jbo on November 19, 2004 08:49 AM
I am very new to gardening....I think I'm in a 3b/4a zone (USDA). All of the plants I have came from my mom's garden, and she's in the same area as I am. I know hers come back every year without a problem. I am wondering, since mine seem to be dying inside, if I can keep them for next summer by "putting them to sleep" outside this winter. I'm worried that putting them outside now will just kill them, because there's no snow yet for insulation, and they're used to inside temps.
Earlier this year I had an aphid infestation in both my Kalanchoes that I couldn't get rid of....I don't want to kill any more plants!
Thank you for responding. This is a great resource and very helpful!

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