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Will rain do harm to plants in pots?

CraighBCraighB Posts: 737

Hi all,

I have lots of plants in pots that I can't fit into my little pvc greenhouse as it's already full of seedlings. So unfortunately they are having to stay out in the open and I was wondering will lots of rain harm the plants? They are more than likely going to stay outside during the winter also although i have some my best to shelter them they are still going to receive a fair amount of rain.

They all have multipurpose compost in them so they should be pretty well drained. Some are 9cm pots and some bigger.

Any advice would be appreciated :)


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,138

    It depends on what they are, how big is their pot and how cold it gets.

    Freezing is likely to be worse than being rained on as long as the pots aren't sitting in puddles of water which can literally drown or rot the roots.

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  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 737

    Well the penstemon I will put into the coal shed over night when there is a frost and the rest I will move close to the house in a sheltered spot huddled together to protect them as much as I can.

    The plants exposed to the rain will be the penstemons, foxgloves and Nepeta. They won't  be sat in puddles but I didn't know if the compost constantly being rained on over winter would affect the plants or is it perfectly ok?

  • LoganLogan Posts: 2,532

    If you can put them on bricks or something similar that will help,but if their tender cover them with fleece. Make sure all the pots are covered as well. Put them somewhere sheltered.image

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